Richard Birkett, fantasy clockmaker

Premiere Air Date: 
December 2, 2012

Richard Birkett of Otego, NY has been an artist and clockmaker for nearly 30 years. His clocks are quirky and unique creations that record the time accurately, but make you question why you even need to know the time as you admire them.

Richard has donated several of his works over the years to the WSKG auctions. 

Time is irrelevant it’s clocks that are important.” ~Richard Birkett

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Richard Birkett sees obsolete machines and bits of our past not as junk, but as objects with the potential for a new life. Birkett dismantles these defunct machines, and incorporates their intricate insides and outsides in his assemblages. Broken typewriters, dinosaur VCR’s, 1950s cameras, and superannuated engineering devices are favorites for rescue and demolition. Making clocks is his form of a romantic quest to save the flotsam and industrial debris of the recent past from ending up in a landfill. These collections of seemingly unrelated objects are juxtaposed to create a new impression.