Dance In Public Spaces: Clock Knot
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Dance In Public Spaces: Clock Knot

Dance In Public Spaces: Clock Knot

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Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

200 East Dean Keeton Street

Austin, TX 78705

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About Dance In Public Spaces: Each month, Dance Waterloo holds a site-specific class at a public art installation in the City of Austin. The class is a combination of conditioning, technique and exploring personal artistry in a new environment while learning about the artwork, artists and process behind creating the installation. Class is donation-based for dancers and free for anyone in the community to watch. Dance In Public Spaces is NOT a performance. In December, our class will be at Clock Knot, an installation built in 2007 for LANDMARKS.


About Clock Knot: Located on the northeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway, the monumental sculpture Clock Knot by Mark di Suvero exemplifies the power of public art to transform the university’s landscape. The title for the forty-one-foot Clock Knot was arrived at when the artist held a contest to name the work. A poet from New York suggested the winning title, which suits the work perfectly and adds a dimension of wordplay. From one vantage point, the Clock Knot’s crossed I-beams and circular “knotted” center suggest a giant clock face with a horizontal clock “hand” extending to the left. But as one moves around the work to the left or right, what had been read as a vertical beam from 12:00 to 6:00 shows itself to be one leg of an inverted V form. Suddenly, is it a clock or not/knot? Walking around Clock Knot produces constantly changing views, and moving under it creates yet another experience of the sculpture and its space.

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