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Dalmuir Park Sculpture
Dalmuir Park Sculpture
Dalmuir Park Sculpture
Dalmuir Park Sculpture
Dalmuir Park Sculpture
Dalmuir Park Sculpture
Dalmuir Park Sculpture
Dalmuir Park Sculpture
Dalmuir Park Sculpture
Dalmuir Park Sculpture
Dalmuir Park Sculpture

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A four-sided sculpture, based on the Singer clock tower which was a dominant landmark in the area. The sculpture is designed to include a clock on one face and a small canopied area for shelter. The four legs each have a panel with information about the original clock and two of them are decorated with the 'RAF' decal – the gold decoration which was put on the black enamel of the machines. This particular decoration was designed by a Clydebank employee. The inside panels relate to the previous industries that were on this site and pre-date the park. The sculpture is lit up at night.

Date

2013

Medium

galvanised steel & etched stainless steel

Measurements

H 380 x W (?) x D (?) cm (E)

Accession number

G81_GB_S007

Acquisition method

commissioned by West Dunbartonshire Council

Work type

Clock tower

Owner

West Dunbartonshire Council

Custodian

West Dunbartonshire Council

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

March 2013

Access

at all times

Inscription description

SINGER WOVEN IN TO THE / FABRIC OF CLYDEBANK; above clock: 1884–1963 / THE CLOCK STOPPED / FRIDAY 15TH OF MARCH AT 5 PM; below clock: Moving fingers poin the hour / Round thy lofty four square tower / 'Pro tempore' they proclaim / Out of dreams these workshops came / And as dreams pass with the morn / New realities are born / by TM STRANG; below the second clock face: [information panel about Dalmuir Park, Mountblow Road Entrance]; Fabric printing was transformed when / cylinder printing supplanted the previous / block printing method. This new type / of printing was highly productive and able / to produce faultless repetitive patterns; SODA / In the soda industry - sulphuric acid was used to decompose / common salt for the production of bleaching powder and / chloride of lime. The residues of the operation were / converted in to a soda used by soap makers, bleachers, / dyers and potters.; Before it was electrified in 1926, it took 4 men, 15 minutes, / twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays to wind it up. / The clock face was 26 feet in diameter. / Each cast iron dial weighed 5 tons. / The height of the Singer clock tower was 226.5 feet. / It was said to be the largest 4 dial electrically operated turret / clock in the world. / The Singer letters which sat above the clock were 13 feet high / The size of the numerical figures was 4 feet 7 inches by / 13.5 inches. / Length of the minute hand was 12 feet and 8.25 inches. / Lenght of the hour hand was 8 feet 9 inches. / The electrical system supplying hte clock was called a / Pulsynetic or "Waiting Train" movement and was specially / designed. / Image courtesy of West Dunbartonshire


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Located at

9 Overtoun Road, Clydebank

G81 3QY

Set within Dalmuir Park, near the Mountbow entrance.