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Prague Astronomical Clock


Prague, Czech Republic

We found the astronomical clock purely by accident the first night in Prague.  We had dinner in the Old Town (although I don't think we realized that's where we were), and then just wandered.  We were headed towards a big open area (later found out this was Wenceslas Square) and looked up and saw the clock.

We walked by the clock several more times during our stay, and even caught the show at the top of the hour.  I have to say, the "show" was a bit over-hyped, but it was fun to watch the crowd watching the clock!

Fun Facts:

  • Dates back to 1410
  • Created before it was known that the earth was not stationary, It has the earth in the center, and the sun and moon rotate around it
  • It accurately depicts the phases of the moon, and the astronomical sign that the sun and moon are in
  • One hand on the clock shows accent Babylonian time, which was tracked by 12 equal segments instead of 24 as we do today
  • The calendar (the bottom circle) was added 80 years after the clock

Process And Size Guidelines

I handcraft each piece in my home studio, located just outside of Kansas City, MO.

Most of the photos I use were taken by me on my travels near and far.    I review each photo, looking for striking colors and strong structural elements.    If you think of the entire design as a pie, I am looking for a perfect “slice” of pie within the picture.  Once I find it, the slice is mirrored and repeated in a circular fashion to create the whole pie, i.e. the kaleidoscopic design.


The design then is printed multiple times onto photo paper and I hand cut different elements from each copy of the design with scissors (yes, scissors!). After the cutting is done, I reassemble the pieces into tiered layers separated by foam core, creating the unique three-dimensional kaleidoscopic effect.  Finally, I mount the piece onto mat board and frame it in a shadow box, adding a small copy of the original photo to the piece.



Each design is available in multiple sizes.  The larger the piece, the more layers the design will have, which gives you even greater depth and dimension.  The larger size also allows for more intricate cutting, providing more texture and more "wow"!


Outside Dimensions Inside Dimensions Frame Color
9.75" x 9.75" x 2" 9" x 9" x 1.5" Black
13.5" x 13.5" x 2.75" 12" x 12" x 2.25" Black
18.5" x 18.5" x 4" 16" x 16" x 3" Custom made reclaimed cedar with museum quality plexiglass front