A collection of clocks by Australian designer, Arthur H. Miller, are on display in a private museum in Melbourne.
Mr Miller, whose collection includes works by Goya, Matisse, and the Russian master, Dmitri Shostakovich, designed the clock for the Victorian museum.
“It’s about the relationship between the object and the beholder, and it’s about seeing the object in the context of its time,” Mr Miller said.
“I’m very interested in the way we’re able to interpret things in a way that’s both accurate and meaningful.”
One of the more striking aspects of Mr Miller’s collection is the way in which it blends the two styles of clocks, antique and modern.
He said the idea for the clock was sparked by an obsession with the shape of the earth.
“When I started researching the subject I realized that I’m not interested in seeing a clock as an object of art.
It’s more of a tool that can be used as a tool, that can represent a form of social interaction or a social process,” Mr Shostakaovich said.
It was an idea that inspired Mr Miller to design a clock that was “a reflection of the time period we were living in at the time”.
“It was like a little piece of furniture that was very different from the other clocks,” he said.
The clock has a clock face with the face of the ancient Greeks, which has an inscription reading, “I was born in the year of the sun.”
Mr Miller hopes that by creating the clock, the public can learn about the history of the world and the people who lived in it.
He has also designed a clock with an ancient Chinese symbol that translates to “tongue” and “touche”.