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

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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.

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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

Timeless Watch: Neighborhood Watch
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Not on view.
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)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Martha and Pat Connell

Mediums Description
18k gold, titanium and leather
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
  • Figure group
  • Dress – accessory – jewelry
  • Allegory – quality – harmony
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