H&J | Flip Clock
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Flip Clock

About This Project

A giant flip clock animation, created in collaboration with 20.20. The installation sits in the Turf Club at Churchill Downs, the host of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville USA.

The Kentucky Derby is said to be “the greatest two minutes in sports”. The 6m long piece animates for two minutes every hour. The piece consists of 15 rows by 7 clocks, 105 in total, that’s 210 Spindles and 3360 flaps! The clock in the centre is the trigger for the whole animation.

The images are modified from Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic studies of horses in motion, way back in 1878, when the Kentucky Derby was in its infancy.

His pioneering work proved for the first time that all four feet of a horse leave the ground at the same time whilst trotting. It is also regarded that his work paid a significant contribution to the birth of the motion picture.