At the corner of 5th and Vine, in the heart of downtown Cincinnati (across from Fountain Square) are 2 public clocks that illustrate the eternal design question of whether to favor function or form.
The iconic TIffany clock greets visitors to the store on the northwest corner. The clock is held up by a carved rendering of Atlas, and is a copy of the original in New York from the late 1930s. It is impressive and beautiful. It is facing out from the canted building corner and so in a sense, is only visible to those heading (or looking) straight in to the store.
Public clocks are great. It's a tradition that goes back thousands of years to sundials and poles. While standardizing time over distances didn't occur until train schedules made it necessary, the public clock has been a quiet focal point that provided a sense of community through shared time and place.
Skyclock will post about public clocks occasionally. Let us know if you've got one in mind that would be interesting.
Today's public clock is outside of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. This is classic design providing great visibility and a sense of grace and strength to the institution....