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Timeless Watch: Neighborhood Watch

1992 Harold O'Connor Born: Utica, New York 1941 18k gold, titanium and leather open: 9 3/8 x 2 7/8 x 1/4 in. (23.8 x 7.3 x 0.6 cm) closed: 9 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1/2 in. (23.8 x 3.5 x 1.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Martha and Pat Connell 1998.146 Not currently on view

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“[In] my father’s last year of life, the idea dawned on me one day . . . that ‘time was running out.’ I started to think of the numerous ways in which society approaches the concept of time. Mostly it is a manmade tool . . . for the purpose of regulating work and other human activities.” Artist quoted in Brilliant Stories: American Narrative Jewelry

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Timeless Watch: Neighborhood Watch is one of a series of works in which Harold O’Connor comments on our ideas of time. Playing on humorous figures of speech, he considers how we structure time to organize our activities. In this piece, the “watch” becomes a tool to control our schedules and conduct surveillance, as neighbors do who keep a watchful eye on one another.


Allegory - quality - harmony

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Dress - accessory - jewelry

Figure group

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

animal parts - leather

metal - gold

metal - titanium

About Harold O'Connor

Born: Utica, New York 1941

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