TIMEPIECE for Heal's (2015)
This is a gigantic analog-digital-chandelier-clock made using 29 filament bulbs commissioned for the opening of the Queensway Heal's store (London). Designed and made by some friends and I, under the name CLAMcollective, this timepiece (also aptly named "TIMEPIECE") was one of a few products we made together in my first studio in Hackney.
We overcame a big problem which was that each filament bulb had a 10,000 cycle rating, meaning it could turn on and off only 10,000 times before it blew. This is fine for normal use but we wanted one of the bulbs to flash every second. We found out that this would give us a mere 3 hours lifetime for that bulb. So, with our clever programming, it flashed for 5 months before it popped its clogs. In the end, we ended up getting 14,000,000 cycles out of a 10,000 cycle bulb. Not bad, eh?
- 29 x 30cm 60W filament bulbs
- 2m x 1.5m x 0.6m
- 1 x Arduino Mega
- Loads and loads of linen covered cable