The man painting the time at Schiphol Airport | Video

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Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport installed an enormous clock with ‘the man inside’ painting the time all day long back in 2016. Take a look at how it works.

The clock was created by designer Maarten Baas and is located in Departure Lounge 2. Every minute is painted specially and then wiped away by a man in blue overalls. A small door and a staircase are incorporated into the back of the clock, to give the man access to his workplace. The primary colours – the red bucket, yellow cloth and blue overalls – are a nod to Dutch artists Piet Mondriaan and Gerrit Rietveld.

The clocks are recorded in a studio over the course of 12 hours; hence the name: Real Time Clocks. They can also be found in the collections of the Rijksmuseum, the Victoria Museum in Melbourne, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

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