Rhonda Weppler / Trevor Mahovsky

Watch Seller

2012–15
bronze
77 × 52 × 52 inches
 
Installation: Plaza for East Platform, Main Street/Science World Skytrain Station, Main and Terminal, Vancouver, BC
 
Commissioned by TransLink

Watch Seller is a deconstructed public clock in the form of a statue of an itinerant peddler. This combination of clock and figure is a variation of traditional decorative allegorical clocks.

The Watch Seller is laden with suitcases, bags, a backpack and blanket, upon which are exhibited 720 watches. Recalling the vendors of the nearby flea market, this overflowing display includes a large range of timepieces, such as novelty, pocket, children’s and nursing watches. Each watch shows a different time, and all possible hour and minute combinations are shown. Noon/midnight is found in the watch in the figure’s left hand.