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Ghost Clock by Wendell Castle

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Wendell Castle one of the fathers of the American Studio Furniture Movement. Born 1932; resides in Scottsville, NY.
Ghost Clock 1985 bleached Honduras mahogany and stain.

At first glance, Ghost Clock appears to be a grandfather clock hidden by a large white sheet tied with a rope. A closer look, however, reveals a masterful deception: this entire sculpture was hand-carved from a single block of laminated mahogany. With meticulous detail, Castle re-created in wood the contours of soft, supple cloth, then completed the illusion by bleaching the "drapery" white and staining the base of the "clock" a walnut brown. This work is the last in a series of thirteen clocks the artist created in the 1980s; unlike the others, it lacks an inner mechanism. Its haunting stillness and silence suggest eternity-the absence of time.

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I always enjoy learning more history of our craft. Thanks for sharing.
Castle is a Rochester native and much of his work is on display at the Memorial Art Gallery (University of Rochester). Good stuff! I'm trying to catch up!!!!

Thanks for posting.
That is a wonderful piece of art. I don't see how the sheet was done so realistically.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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