The bronze surround of this mechanized timemarker at 470 Park Avenue South displays silkworms and mulberry leaves, the choice repast of those invertebrates--references to the building's original owner, a silk-looming concern. On the strike of each hour, Merlin raises his wand to lightly rap the blacksmith who is pounding away on King Arthur's sword, and the Lady of the Lake arises from the case. Known as the Silk Clock, the work was manufactured in 1926 by Seth Thomas.
Armillary sphere with astronomical clock made by Joost Bürgi and Antonius Eisenhoit, Kassel, 1585. Constructed from bronze, steel and ebony. The sphere was looted from Prague by Swedish forces in 1648 and is currently the property of the Nordiska Museet in Stockholm. Note says: "Johannes Kepler studied the stars with the help of this armillary sphere". Date 4 March 2009 Author Chris Bainbridge