TOWER CLOCK

FRED FISHER, TOWER CLOCK, 1998

EUCALYPT BURL VENEER, MDF, BLACKWOOD (CLOCK CASE), GERMAN MOVEMENT
1700(H) x 230(W) x 200(D) mm

THE WORK

The Tower Clock was developed whilst Fisher was an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Furniture Design at the University of Tasmania.

This particular clock is the third in a series of three clocks, which focus on displaying Tasmanian veneers to their best advantage. The result is an object of elegance and simplicity. The clock face is housed in a Blackwood case and has been inserted into the top of the tall, slender clock tower. Fisher constructed the clock tower using Eucalypt veneer with the grain running vertically which elongates its appearance.

THE DESIGNER

Fisher worked as a sculptor and had experience in industry as a toolmaker and production designer. He travelled extensively throughout his career, spending much time touring between the United Kingdom and India. His work shows attention to detail, simplicity of design and an interest in the use and techniques of timber veneers. Fisher enjoyed a successful career, exhibiting regularly and teaching sculpture and design at the University of Tasmania’s School of Art. He was awarded the Mount Nelson Prize for Art in 1988 and received a Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship in 1990.

Born: 1945 Orange, New South Wales

Training: Fitting and Turning (Toolmaking) apprenticeship, Email Ltd (Orange), 1966; Certificate in Plastics Fundamentals, RMIT; Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture), University of Tasmania, 1988, Master of Fine Art (Sculpture), University of Tasmania, 1990, PhD (Art) University of Tasmania, 2006

Represented: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Collection of Gordon and Marilyn Darling, Melbourne