Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Fishy O'clock


The Wishing Fish Clock in the Regent Arcade in Cheltenham continues to fascinate children young and old. The clock, designed by Gloucestershire artist Kit Williams, is over 45 feet long and weighs 3 tons and is said to be the worlds largest mechanical clock. It is suspended over the main walk way through the Arcade and always has a crowd underneath awaiting the bubbles. The large white duck on the very top lays golden eggs, which are carried down in red egg cups, and dropped into the spinning wheel, that rotates round the top of the clock face. The eggs are then deposited into the 6 foot square body of the clock and cause mice to poke out of the four corners of the clock. The clock face only has one hand, with the moon on the end, showing the minutes past the hour. The hour hand is represented by the sun moving round the face. When the clock strikes on the hour, and half past, it plays "I'm forever blowing bubbles" and the fish blows out all those eagerly awaited bubbles. Catch a bubble and make your wish!

5 comments:

Ming the Merciless said...

What a spectacular looking clock! I love the design on the face of the clock.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

I'd love to see this fabulous clock when it strikes on the hour.

Web-OJ said...

Wow! I'd have loved to see that.

Hilda said...

What a fabulous clock! I hope they get it up and running again soon!

My head hurts said...

Would someone please explain to me how the golden balls the duck lays get back to the duck? This issue has been bothering me for quite some time now and i want to get living a normal life. Theorys people...?

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