Copper Lotus Clock with Bronze Rub – “14

This hand made textured metal clock is fashioned out of copper, with a bronze rub, and features a pattern based on the sacred Lotus Flower. Copper itself is a metal sacred to Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

“To trace the connection of copper with Venus we have to go back to a distant mythological era: back, in fact, to a Mediterranean isle, once ruled by a love-goddess – the island of Cyprus. This island was regarded as the domain of Venus-Aphrodite. Aphrodite was referred to as the 'Cyprian goddess'. In Botticelli's picture, The Birth of Venus, she is depicted as being born from the sea on to the shores of Cyprus. It is from the name of this island, Cyprus, that the word copper derives. The word copper comes from the Latin word cuprum and this derives from the Greek work Kyprus. Cyprus was in antiquity the principal source of copper, and so the metal was named after it. Venus was felt by antiquity to dwell just where such large amounts of copper had condensed. Venus was credited with a sea origin, and copper reminds us of this connection with the water element. All copper salts are sea-coloured, blue or green. All the ores and all the salts of copper are hydrated, water containing. Nearly all copper salts are highly soluble in water.” – Nick Kollerstrom

So this piece combines the very feminine element of copper with the masculine concept of time, united by the design of the sacred lotus, which was was first domesticated in Asia about 7,000 years ago.

The piece operates by battery. Questions welcome.