LIGHTNING CLOCK, NORTH SHIELDS
In this 30’ high clock copper spheres are supported by a stainless steel ‘lightning strike’ like a giant Van der Graph Generator, which comes out of a cast iron explosion at the base. On the hour a small figure pulls a lever which activates the clock, the wind face slowly appears from the large sphere blowing smoke onto the figure. The force of the wind blows the figure horizontally but he manages to hold onto the lever. As the wind abates everything returns to normal. At the base of the column meteorological instruments give full weather information.
Commissioned by North Tyneside Arts in 1999 and funded by Arts Council Lottery Installation in spring 2000