Saturday, 14 April 2012

Return of the Glockenspiel

Sounds like the title of a bad horror movie doesn't.. but it's not.

I usually avoid Leicester Square these days as the renovations make it feel like a cross between a building site and a bomb site. The other day I took a short cut through the square and I was surprised to see this clock (Glockenspiel) in the middle of the chaos. A bit of research and I found it has been there since November, having been away for renovation since 2008. The clock was a gift to the city in 1985 by Switzerland and Liechtenstein as a token of the centuries of friendship between the three nations. It is a musical clock (naturally) with 27 bells and 11 moving Swiss figures.

9 comments:

Steffe said...

Is there music every hour?

Adullamite said...

How observant am I? I never knew it existed.

Cathy Hudspeth said...

How much fun would that be to see on the hour?!

Sharon said...

That is amazing. I'd love to hear it 's tune!

RedPat said...

Very cool!

gloria cuce' said...

I Remember it and I'm happy to hear that it's back. Very nice!

Gemel said...

Wow, wonderful idea, and a great shot too.

Jack said...

I didn't know about it either. It wasn't there last time I visited London, which would have been during its renovation.

jabblog said...

It's delightful! How can the passers-by ignore it? No-one in your photo is looking up at it. Familiarity, I suppose.