Almost 45 years after its creation in 1973, the Emett Clock still stands proud at intu Victoria Centre and has truly earned its status as one of Nottigham’s best loved landmarks.
Thousands of people every year visit the grand time piece to meet friends, make a wish and donate to charity, but few people know the history behind Rowland Emett’s Aquahorological Tinnabulator.
Did you know…
Rowland Emett was a cartoonist, artist and kinetic sculptor and was best known for his weird and wonderful inventions. His most famous works include the incredible contraptions featured in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The Emett Clock was designed to represent fun, and features butterflies, frogs, squirrels, birds and flying fish.
It is made up of over 2200 individual parts, including 398 screws and bolts and 316 jewels. In true Emett style, the invention is made up of a whole host of unusual recycled objects, including bicycle parts, dress jewels, a doorknob and a break-drum from an old car.
Standing at an impressive 24’ 5”ft, the clock is the same height as one-and-a-half giraffes!
The clock now stands by Caffé Rizolli on the upper mall at intu Victoria Centre after it was restored by intu staff volunteer Pete Dexter, who dedicated over 500 hours of his time to ensuring the clock was in working order.
Over the years, thousands of pounds have been raised through pennies collected from wishes for a range of charities including Diabetes UK, PASIC, Disability Nottingham and Maggies Cancer.