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Corpus Clock, Cambridge

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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  • it is very interesting to watch this clock and understand the concept of how time is eaten away! The design is good and make a great photo opportunity  more »
  • Bit of a quirky find in Kings College. Large gold clock with a huge insect on it. Stumbled upon it as we wandered round. Worth a stroll in its direction.  more »
  • You stand and look at this clock for a few minutes and find you have more questions than answers. The giant mechanical insect which appears to drive the clock is not something you'd want to encounter ...  more »

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