The remarkable sculpture is illuminated 24 hours a day. It functions as a clock, using computer controlled LED lights to indicate passing hours and minutes. According to Dailey, the sculpture is not intended to be immediately recognizable as a clock. Its complex form and deep blue center invite contemplation.
H. Dale Hemmerdinger, chairman of ATCO, says that the installation’s eye-catching design will enliven the property’s entrance and attract new visitors to the building. “We’re excited to be enhancing our public space with this one-of-a-kind handmade sculpture for our tenants and the community,” he said. “We are thrilled with Dan Dailey’s original and sophisticated design, which we believe will become an attraction for both our tenants and visitors walking along Fifth Avenue."
In total, the sculpture stands nine feet tall and contains 38 glass parts and 302 metal parts. The entire project took two years to complete. The work is Dailey’s 25th installation in Manhattan.
Dailey says the void of time is central to the sculpture. “It is an ethereal concept, yet it is a functional work,” he said. “The technical look and the complexity of the piece represent a new way of realizing an idea based on techniques and design concepts that have driven my art for many years.” He added, “There are numerous drawings in my sketchbooks over the past 20 years that show concepts similar to the clock. It just took the right client to trust me to follow this particular path of thought.”