Timeless Watch: Neighborhood Watch

  • Harold O'Connor, Timeless Watch: Neighborhood Watch, 1992, 18k gold, titanium and leather, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha and Pat Connell, 1998.146

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.

“[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

Title
Timeless Watch: Neighborhood Watch
Artist
Date
1992
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
open: 9 382 7814 in. (23.87.30.6 cm) closed: 9 381 3812 in. (23.83.51.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Martha and Pat Connell

Mediums
Mediums Description
18k gold, titanium and leather
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Dress – accessory – jewelry
  • Allegory – quality – harmony
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
Object Number
1998.146
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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