Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Derby Clock Returns

The Louisville Derby Clock, designed by sculptor Barney Bright in an uncharacteristically folk-art style, is returning to life after being in storage since 1993. The Adam Matthews Foundation will be displaying it on the grounds of the Louisville Zoo.

The clock was originally dedicated on River City Mall (later the Galleria, now Fourth Street Live) in 1976. It often malfunctioned and it was moved several times over the following years. Barney Bright's son Jeb has been working on restoring the clock's figurines, which mechanically race around in a circular motion. Among the persons depicted on the clock: Thomas Jefferson, D.W. Griffith, Zachary Taylor, Henry Watterson, and Daniel Boone.

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