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Board clock

Imagine a weight mounted inside a wooden globe. When a spring turns the weight within the globe, the globe moves, seemingly on its own accord. There are toys for cats that work this way. This would be such a toy, but for a human, hence in very slow motion.

The globe rolls on a loop that has been etched into a table. It takes 24 hours to complete the loop. Its position indicates the time.

The table is similar to the artificial landscapes used for train models. People who buy this kind of clock are encouraged to build models of their everyday situations. The globe that rolls through them suggests stability, completion of planned tasks.

Artists create complicated mechanisms that depict themes from mythology or literature. Sisyphos and Sun motifs become popular. Exchanging globes with someone is a sign of high familiarity; taking a globe away, a threat.