Gwathmey Siegel Mandala Clock


Gwathmey-Siegel Mandala Clock, 1999

The Gwathmey-Siegel Mandala Clock was designed by renown Architect Charles Gwathmey. The word “Mandala” translates into circle or polygon. It also is a sense of being centering on knowing the “right thing to do.”

Today, “Mandala” is most frequently associated with Tibet. It is a form of movement in meditation; a slow even flow that reinforces the Buddhist belief in emptying the mind and being totally one with the present.

It is easy to understand why Gwathmey-Siegel chose Mandala for their clock design. Not only is there an obvious geometric connection; but as time moves our soul and mind continually renew. Mandala lures us into its movement making this design not only “magical” but full of allegoric associations.

The Gwathmey-Siegel Mandala Clock has a round disc as an hour hand, yellow minute hand and a red second hand. It operates on one AA battery (not included).

This clock was manufactured from 1999-2000 and was part of the Projects Building Timepieces Collection.

Charles Gwathmey

Charles Gwathmey

Perhaps best known for the Guggenheim restoration and addition, Charles Gwathmey has had a distinguished career with a broad range of commissions. In addition to maintaining his architecture practice, from 1965 to 1991 he held faculty positions at Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, Princeton University, Columbia University, the University of Texas, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

  • Master of Architecture, Yale University Brunner Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • Medal of Honor, New York Chapter, AIA, 1983
  • First recipient of Yale Alumni Arts Award, School of Architecture, 1985
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, New York State Society of Architects, 1990

"In the spirit of graphic essence and referential logic, the rotated square overlaid on the circle is irrefutably articulate, primary, and memorable."

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