maarten baas records gigantic real time clock for amsterdam schiphol airport

 

 

 

rising over three meters in height, dutch designer maarten baas has created a gigantic clock in lounge two at amsterdam’s international schiphol airport. titled ‘real time’, the design was created as a series of movies back in 2009 for milan design week and also once displayed at holland’s zuiderzee museum. the latest edition is based within the airport which sees 15 million travelers a year pass by. this was one of the many reasons why maarten baas was asked to collaborate in replacing the dutch icons of tulips, clogs and windmills with one of his internationally acclaimed works.

maarten-baas-out-with-the-clogs,-in-with-the-clock-schiphol-airport-designboom-06
real time clock shows a video performance made by baas
image © bart brussee

 

 

 

in 2009, maarten baas launched the first clock in his real time series. ‘real time is a term that is used in the film industry. it means that the duration of a scene portrays exactly the same time as it took to film it. I play with that concept in my real time clocks by showing videos where the hands of time are literally moved in real time.’ real time clock shows a video performance made by baas which takes exactly twelve hours to film and twelve hours to watch it in its entirety, thus creating a hyper-realistic representation of time.

maarten-baas-out-with-the-clogs,-in-with-the-clock-schiphol-airport-designboom-07
the gigantic real time clock suspended in lounge two
image © bart brussee

 

 

 

in this schiphol project, the project drew from the many faceless men who sweep, clean and work at an airport in their blue overalls. ‘the real time schiphol clock is basically a big box hanging from the ceiling in lounge 2. for this work I decided on the most archetypical form of a clock, but it has a ladder going up to it and a little door that you wouldn’t even notice at first glance.’ the designer comments.

maarten-baas-out-with-the-clogs,-in-with-the-clock-schiphol-airport-designboom-08
the inauguration of the real time clock at schiphol airport
image © bart brussee

 

 

 

 

the ladder and door are there to enable this imaginary man in his blue overalls to enter the clock. ‘he has a red bucket and a yellow cleaning cloth and he is cleaning up after the hands of time, after which he creates a new minute, every time again.’ the red, yellow and blue are pays homage to two renowned dutch artists of the previous century, painter piet mondriaan and architect/designer gerrit rietveld.

 

 

real time clock at schiphol airport

maarten baas real time schiphol airport clock designboom
a video performance made by baas took exactly twelve hours to film
image © rob hodselmans

maarten-baas-out-with-the-clogs,-in-with-the-clock-schiphol-airport-designboom-02
the blue overalls reference the ‘faceless men’ who sweep, clean and work in the airport
image © rob hodselmans

maarten-baas-out-with-the-clogs,-in-with-the-clock-schiphol-airport-designboom-02
the red, yellow and blue are pays homage to two renowned dutch artists; piet mondriaan and architect gerrit rietveld
image © rob hodselmans

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    design news