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Corpus Clock, Cambridge

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The Corpus Clock is a large sculptural clock at street level on the outside of the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom, at the junction of Bene't Street and Trumpington Street, looking out over King's Parade. It was conceived and funded by John C. Taylor, an old member of the college.It was officially unveiled to the public on 19 September 2008 by Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking.The clock was one of Time's Best Inventions of 2008. It is also featured in the Hindi movie Paa, the associated music video "Mudi Mudi", and shown briefly in the TV Show "Zero Hour" (episode 3)AppearanceThe clock's face is a rippling 24-carat gold-plated stainless steel disc, about 1.5m in diameter. It has no hands or numerals, but displays the time by opening individual slits in the clock face backlit with blue LEDs; these slits are arranged in three concentric rings displaying hours, minutes, and seconds.
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  • This clock is quite amazing to look at. We had a great guide who told us the history which was very useful. The creature on top is designed to 'eat time' and the clock itself is only accurate every 5 ...  more »
  • This unique mechanical sculptural clock was unveiled by Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking in 2008 and is located outside the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College in the historical center of Camb...  more »
  • As a local I don't think I have ever really appreciated the beauty of this clock until my partner pointed it out to me. It is stunning and I can now see why we often see visitors to Cambridge simply s...  more »
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  • The most freaky, wierd, bizarre and strange clock I've ever seen. It looks like something from a Tim Burton film. The mechanism will keep you hooked and transfixed, leaving you wondering how it all works. The locust, piranha looking thing on top looks like a nightmare. Watch its eyes!
  • An amazing and very attractive contraption. Tourists to Cambridge love it
  • This is a stunning piece of art and engineering at the same time. Fascinating to watch and see time being devoured! Research the background to this beautiful timepiece you will understand it better if you do and enjoy watching it all the more.
  • It was first experience to visit Cambridge city specially around graet chapple....worht visiting again as you cant discover the city in one visit...
  • I wish there is a bit more information around so that I would appreciate this clock more

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With over 150 hotels, B&Bs, inns, and self-catering facilities, Cambridge offers a wealth of lodging options for every taste and budget. While visiting this heritage-rich city, you can even enjoy the university experience by staying in a college room. These centrally located B&B rooms offer an inexpensive and convenient alternative to staying in the city's hotels. You can retrace the footsteps of the university's famous graduates, grab a meal in the college hall, get lost in the campus and hidden courtyards, and end the day with a drink in the college bar.
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