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Maarten Baas’ Real Time Schiphol Clock

Maarten Baas

Dutch designer Maarten Baas has created a Real Time clock (over three metres in height) replacing traditional clock hands with a 12-hour-long video performance at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

“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,” says Maarten Bass. “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 Baas’ homage to two of the most definable Dutch artists of the previous century, painter Piet Mondriaan and architect/designer Gerrit Rietveld.

Schiphol passengers can share their personal real time with Maarten Baas’ Real Time Schiphol Clock on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter by using #Realtime #MaartenBaas #SchipholClock.

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all images courtesy of Maarten Baas