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Tim Hawkinson
Inverted Clocktower

Project Area:  CT-Historic Core
Project:  Grand Central Square
Project Location:  308 S. Hill Street
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


On the corner of 3rd and Hill streets, on Grand Central Market's parking structure is Tim Hawkinson's "Inverted Clocktower."  The clocktower this artwork commemorates never actually existed.  However, the brickwork and masonry of this fictitious clocktower are "recorded" by a mold made from the poured concrete walls and walkways of the new garage building. To further confound the viewer with its paradoxical presence/absence, the clocktower's clock dials run counterclockwise and the Roman numerals are reversed.
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Tim Hawkinson is renowned for creating complex sculptural systems through surprisingly simple means.  The source of inspiration for many of Hawkinson’s pieces has been the re-imagining of his own body and what it means to make a self-portrait of this new or fictionalized body. In 1997, the artist created an exacting, two-inch tall skeleton of a bird from his own fingernail parings, and later made a feather and egg from his own hair. Believable even at a close distance, these works reveal Hawkinson’s attention to detail as well as his obsession with life, death, and the passage of time. Hawkinson has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including the Venice Biennale (1999), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2000), the Power Plant in Toronto, Canada (2000), the Whitney Biennial (2002), and the 2003 Corcoran Biennial in Washington, D.C.  A graduate of San Jose State University, he earned his MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1989.  Hawkinson currently resides in Los Angeles.