Bored Panda works better on our iPhone app
Continue in app Continue in browser

BoredPanda Add post form topAdd Post Search
Tooltip close

The Bored Panda iOS app is live! Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here.

People Were Confused Why This Clock In A Museum Was Covered With A Sheet But Then They Read The Plaque
User submission
3K
84.1K

People Were Confused Why This Clock In A Museum Was Covered With A Sheet But Then They Read The Plaque

ADVERTISEMENT

Wendell Castle is the father of art furniture, and his pieces are so masterfully crafted that you don’t know whether you should actually be using them or if they should be in a gallery somewhere.

This clock, dubbed the ‘ghost clock,’ certainly belongs in the art category. Created in 1985, it is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and at first glance seems to be simply an old grandfather clock draped in a protective sheet. A new exhibit perhaps, or maybe it was damaged and has been covered while awaiting repairs.

Looks can be deceiving however, and only upon reading the plaque underneath can the truth be revealed. The deception is so convincing, the work so intricately carved and sculpted, that it would be impossible to tell from pictures only. It has certainly gotten the attention of visitors who, confused at first, get the magic aha! moment when reading the explanation on the display plaque below.

Scroll down below to find out how Wendell Castle created his ‘Ghost Clock,’ it’s truly a stunning piece of art!

More info: Wendell Castle

This clock is known as the ‘Ghost Clock’ and was made by Wendell Castle in 1985

Image credits: Dave McIntire

At first glance it seems to be simply an old grandfather clock draped in a protective sheet

Image credits: Dave McIntire

Looks can be deceiving however

ADVERTISEMENT

Image credits: Mads/Just some things

And only upon reading the plaque underneath can the truth be revealed

Image credits: PwnBuddy

The deception is so convincing, the work so intricately carved and sculpted…

Image credits: Smithsonian American Art Museum

…that it would be impossible to tell from pictures only!

Image credits: Dave McIntire

84Kviews

Share on Facebook
You May Like
Popular on Bored Panda
Start the discussion
Add photo comments
POST
jefbateman avatar
Jef Bateman
Community Member
6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is amazing. Wouldn't you be tempted to touch it to make sure it isn't cloth?

kippermcgee avatar
Kipper Mcgee
Community Member
6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would leave a big fat mark on the sculpture examining the piece with my hands.(on accident of course)

Load More Replies...
justathought avatar
just a thought !
Community Member
6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg! Even after knowing what that is , my eyes don't seem to believe it ! People are really talented !

graugnarz avatar
laynej3 avatar
Layne Jenkins
Community Member
6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I dont believe it. If its true, that is seriously the most impressive thing I have ever seen.

Load More Comments
jefbateman avatar
Jef Bateman
Community Member
6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is amazing. Wouldn't you be tempted to touch it to make sure it isn't cloth?

kippermcgee avatar
Kipper Mcgee
Community Member
6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would leave a big fat mark on the sculpture examining the piece with my hands.(on accident of course)

Load More Replies...
justathought avatar
just a thought !
Community Member
6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg! Even after knowing what that is , my eyes don't seem to believe it ! People are really talented !

graugnarz avatar
laynej3 avatar
Layne Jenkins
Community Member
6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I dont believe it. If its true, that is seriously the most impressive thing I have ever seen.

Load More Comments
Popular on Bored Panda
Trending on Bored Panda
Also on Bored Panda