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The Elmsley Hall, Clock
July 9th, 2005

Location: Toronto, Canada

Client: St. Michael’s College

Principal in charge: Steven Fong

Team: Johnny Bui, Linda Dervishaj, Taryn Sheppard

Color consultant: Julia Harris Design

The Elmsley Hall Clock is an installation of aluminum panels mounted onto an existing sandstone 75’ high tower. The installation appropriates the spare, abstract, small ‘m’ modernism of Elmsley Hall (1955).  The clock face is deliberately and emphatically flat, providing a field for cut-outs and figuration of the center.

Four 1/4”-thick aluminum panels, each approximately 3’ x 6’, have been organized as quadrants, with the interstitial space between the panels forming a defined central figure that denotes the positions of the 3, 6, 9 and 12 numerals. Other markers are laser cut into the panels.  The panels are fitted at the back with 2 1/4” standoffs that clear the irregular projections of the guillotined, split face and saw-cut sandstone cladding.