Artist Spends Day Inside Giant Clock at Amsterdam Airport to Draw Its Hands in Real Time

Real Time Clock Performance Art Schiphol Clock by Maarten Baas

Blurring the line between performance art and functional design, the striking Schiphol Clock features hands drawn on in real time. Created by Dutch designer Maarten Baas and installed in Amsterdam's bustling Schiphol Airport, the fascinating piece artistically reimagines the ticking of a traditional clock.

Measuring 3-meters tall, the Schiphol Clock presents a fascinating 12-hour video of Baas using a paint roller to consistently create—and repeatedly erase—the hands of the clock minute by minute for 12 hours straight. To Baas, this tireless and tedious approach to time-telling is the heart of the piece, which he describes as a “hyper-realistic representation of time.” He explains: “Real time is a term that is used in the film industry. It means that the duration of a scene portrays exactly the same time as it took to film it. I play with that concept in my Real Time clocks by showing videos where the hands of time are literally moved in real time.”

In the video, Baas is dressed in a pair of blue coveralls. In his hands, he holds a bright red bucket and vivid yellow rag. Though this look is predominantly inspired by the “many faceless men who sweep, clean and work at an airport,” it is also based on less obvious muses: distinctive Dutch artists (and primary color enthusiasts) Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld. Much like his unlikely pairing of avant-garde art with everyday technology, the quirky combination of anonymous workers with well-known artists showcases Baas' innovative and inventive approach to contemporary design.

Dutch designer Maarten Baas has created the Schiphol Clock, a real time clock and performance art piece that offers a”hyper-realistic representation of time.”

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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