Can I Give You the Time, Dear Brother? is a proposed public work that would mount an oversized clock at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Broadway Street in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The drum clock is to be installed atop the Gerber Building overlooking the intersection.
The clock’s 7-foot diameter and 9-inch depth will enclose all mechanisms for movement and an LED for illumination in the dark. The clock will be affixed to the roof with a visible armature made up of metal cross braces.
A man entered a Currency Exchange with no business to conduct, he moved past the queue to peer through the bullet-proof glass at a small clock at the rear. He needed the time and was unable to find it. How does the re-injection of time, visualized through the clock as object, affect how the community understands itself? If time is an organizing principle and this neighborhood has one of the highest instances of the debilitated, convalescent, infirm, and those returning after doing time, is the previous absence of time dependent on or conflated with these demographics? The work forgoes representation to address layered notions of temporality in a site with a complex relationship to time.