Francois de Menil

Maya Lin 1, 7, 11

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MAYA LIN 1, 7, 11, 1998

The Maya Lin 1 7 11 Watch was part of Building Timepieces Watch production and based upon Maya Lin's re-design of the NY African Art Museum.

"The design of the museum as a path - an educational passage - is a journey in light and dark, night and day, incorporating intuited, hand-drawn shapes in the staircases that lead you through the museum. The museum is on two levels: you descend to the lower level via a dark (night) stairway, returning to the upper level via a brightly painted (day) staircase."

Maya Lin 1, 7, 11 Watch is currently Out of Production.


The inspiration behind the watches in this collection is as varied as the architectural and design talent it brings together.   James Ingo Freed’s “Time Machine” is based on the astrolabe, which dates back to the late 15th century. An instrument that served primarily for determining the altitude of the stars, moon, and sun. It went out of use because it was incapable of great precision. No clock could have been constructed before the toothed gear.

For Antoine Predock, it was the Pantheon in Rome that gave rise to the design of his watch. The “High Museum Watch,” designed by Richard Meier, focuses on the interplay of space and light, reflecting the essence of the Museum’s soul. Coop Himmel(b)au’s “Vision of Johanna” is a replication of the firm’s Groninger Museum design. Francois de Menil’s “Contemplation Watch” draws our attention to the passage of large units of time, i.e., centuries: the raised number 13 represents the century in which the Fresco murals were created; the raised 20 represents the century in which the Frescos were transposed through his Chapel Museum project.

It is this kind of attention to detail that makes the Maya Lin 1, 7, 11and every watch in the collection unique.

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