Guido Zimmermann is a German graffiti artist who recently created Cuckoo Blocks, a remix on the traditional Germanic wooden cookoo clock of olden times.
Forget about cutesy animals and people popping out of a wooden clock on the hour, this remake of a cuckoo clock takes inspiration from Brutalist architecture of tower blocks build in the middle of last century.
According to Zimmermann, “The classic cuckoo clock is a symbol for prosperity in the middle class and is considered a kind of luxury for the home. The updated version, a prefabricated panel construction (Plattenbau) reveals today’s urban and social life in residential blocks.”
Although Brutalism has now come back into vogue and is now celebrated as a style, for many years it was maligned for being bleak and unforgiving in appearance and was used solely for institutional buildings like hulking and imposing hospitals, schools and factories, as well as council housing.
What do you think of these clocks? Would you have one in your house?