Commissioned by the Markuse Corporation for its collection of museum timepieces designed by architects, the Contemplation Watch is inspired by FdM:Arch’s design of the Byzantine Fresco Chapel. In the Houston project, 13th century frescoes, a dome and an apse – all stolen by thieves in Cyprus – were rescued, restored and transposed to the 20th century in a new consecrated chapel.
FdM:Arch’s watch design is about the passage of time, and the relationship between time and across time. On the face of the watch, the numerals 13 and 20 indicate the one o’clock and eight o’clock hours, a metaphor for the transposition of the fresco relics from the 13th century to the 20th century through the Fresco Chapel Project.
The three groups of four ticks are minute markers. The blank spaces between the three groupings represent the five-minute marks and are intended to highlight the duality of time intervals, which are both very long and very short.
- Place Anyone’s wrist
- Date 1998
- Client Markuse Corporation
- Architect Francois deMenil Architect, PC