A combination of illusion and fantasy within a glorious timepiece.
Weighing in at an epic four tonnes, ours is one of the largest animated clocks in the UK - no wonder it took Kit Williams two whole years to build! But there’s even more to this giant clock than meets the eye…
Every few minutes a glistening ball is transported to the clock’s cabinet along a 16 metre long gantry. Impressive enough. But to see something extra special, be patient. Because every half-hour these golden deliveries prompt the giant frog sitting on top of the clock to come to life, playing music and blowing bubbles for all around to catch.
Where does this never-ending stream of golden balls come from?
Nobody knows. Not even the frog!
In the late 1970’s, Gloucestershire artist Kit Williams transformed Britain into a giant treasure map, promising an 18-carat golden hare, buried in the earths soil, to the first person who solved the riddle of his book- Masquerade, which had sold 2 million copies worldwide.
The frenzy that followed the hunt drove Williams to his studio near Stroud, where he has continued to create complex and beautiful art.
Kit is the not only the man behind our much-loved Time Machine ‘Frog Clock’ but also the man behind several Gloucestershire works of art- namely The Dragonfly Maze in Bourton-on-the-Water, The Wishing Fish Clock in Cheltenham's Regent Arcade, and the Lady and Tiger Illusion Clock which used to be on display in the town's Beechwood Shopping Centre.
Christopher “Kit” Williams (born 28 April 1946) is an English artist, illustrator, and author best known for his 1979 book, Masquerade.
Kit Williams spent time in the Royal Navy and worked with electronics during his younger years, but eventually found his calling of painting.
Kit uses traditional oil-painting techniques to create highly luminous images. The paintings in his collection are open-ended “Narrative Paintings”, meaning that through different eyes and in different times, the stories are always changing- just like life itself!
For years, Kit Williams had his incredibly detailed works displayed at the Portal Gallery in London, but no longer regularly displays there. Much of his work is on commission now, however, he arranges appointments with the public annually in a sort of ‘open house’ event.
Williams has published several books and was commissioned to create public clocks with elaborate mechanisms and moving parts, such as animals, for visual interest.
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