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Controversial Civic Clock Set To Be Repaired

Friday June 14 2013


The Civic clock The Civic clock


A CONTROVERSIAL clock which sparked outrage when it was unveiled five years ago is set to be repaired, two years after it stopped working. 

The clock that covers two sides of the Civic on Hanson Street cost £32,000 and was branded 'stupid' and a 'waste of money' - especially by those who struggled to work out the time on the quirky timepiece.

But then two years ago the Civic clock stopped completely and hasn't displayed the time since.

Now the new chief executive of the venue, Helen Ball, says she intends to take action to get the 40-metre wide electronic ticker working again.

"Quite simply it should be working," she said. "I understand that it's a bespoke piece - it's not an ordinary clock so we cannot just call a traditional clock repair company to get it fixed.

"However, we're already doing research to find out who we need to speak to and how much it will cost to get it working again. I completely understand why people would ask why it's not working."

The Civic clock was created on glass panels and features 24,500 tiny bulbs, which are supposed to light up to form red lines representing the hands of a clock.

Bristol-based artist Jack Walker, whose idea was chosen by a panel comprising of representatives from Barnsley Council, building users, the Arts Council and a firm of architects, claimed it was easy to tell the time.

But when the clock was revealed to Barnsley residents, they were less than enthusiastic.

Many people said they couldn't work out how to tell the time by looking at red dots and lines and for the past two years no-one has been able to because lights have not been visible.

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Reply Posted by Tony on Friday June 14 2013 at 12:20
I understand it's different and a bit quirky but why re-invent the wheel. Just install a traditional clock and there would be no confusion or questions asked about how money is spent.

Reply Posted by Adrian on Saturday June 15 2013 at 00:34
Was easy to read (when it worked of course). So long as it wasn't really bright outside. Long line is the long hand (minutes), short line is short hand (hours) and the dot is seconds. What's so hard about that?

You'd never get it accurate to the minute, just like reading any normal faceless clock, there's a certain amount of guess work. Do find it quite ironic though that the people that can't work out the time on it call the CLOCK stupid...

Probably the same folk that thing the new sculpture in town looks "like a silly comb".

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday June 17 2013 at 06:30
How many people have actually seen it. It's not in place well used by most people in Barnsley so what's its purpose.???

Reply Posted by stevo on Monday June 17 2013 at 12:05
I have never seen it either, just another expensive folly as far as I am concerned.

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday June 17 2013 at 16:33
I've seen it. Could not tell the time from it. Useless.

As stevo has said, another folly.