The cuckoo clock gets an update
The Boston Globe - 06/08/2015
“24 Hours in the Life of a Swiss Cuckoo Clock” contains 24 cuckoo clock designs created by students and faculty the Geneva University of Art and Design. The pieces, on display at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360, update the look of an old and whimsical way of telling time.
Cuckoo clocks developed in the Black Forest in Germany in the mid-18th century; the classic version features a wooden bird inside a small rustic chalet that emerges periodically to chirp the hour. Nathan Felde, chair of the Art and Design Department at Northeastern, helped bring the exhibition to Boston. He sees a fundamentally mocking quality in the device, as the cuckoo ever so pleasantly reminds you that time is ticking.
“In a funny way it evokes nature [along with] this idea of measured time,” Felde says. “It’s 3 o’clock, what have you done for me?”