Vintage Kinetico Studios Gordon Bradt 6 Man Articulating Brass Clock Sculpture 9"



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Vintage award wining Kinetico Studios clock and sculpture by Gordon Bradt, circa 1980s. Features brazed brass with six figural men modeled in realistic poses, pushing and pulling levers and cranks, with the appearance of driving the clock. The unique coiled gear train is driven by an electric 4rpm synchronous motor, to keep accurate time.

In 1980, Bradt designed the Six Man Clock, the basis for the clocks that Bradt and Kinetico created for the next 40 years. The same motor, materials and techniques were used. The gear train from the motor was made of coiled brass wire, engaging with pinion gears and detents. Six brass, brazed, bent and soldered ""little men"" worked off of a drive gear to appear to be making the clock move. In 1983, Bradt was issued a U.S. patent for his ""Kinetic Clock Sculpture"" (Bradt, 1983).The brochure of the Arkansas State Patent Depository Library featured the patent on the cover of its brochure in 1991.

This led to a One Man Clock, a Three Man Clock (the Clock Junior), a Water Clock (Bradt, 1990), and eventually to a Seven Man Pedestal Clock. Bradt was issued a U.S. patent in 1992 for the pedestal device, titled ""Animated Kinetic Sculpture Device"" (Bradt, 1992). Soon Bradt was building Grandfather Clocks in his studios based on the Seven Man Clock. These chrome plated 6 ft. tall clocks were sent to dealers and collectors around the world.On February 2, 1993, Bradt's Grandfather Clock and Kinetico won Best in Show in ""Gallery of Design and Innovation"" at the Jewelers of America Show held in New York City. In addition to Best in Show, Kinetico also won First Place in the Innovative Design category at the show.

Bradt's Six Man Clock grew into bigger clocks, a 15 ft. tall chrome plated version was installed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the Great Hall of the new Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal in 1991. In 1994, he built a 15 ft. tall chrome plated version of his Seven Man Pedestal Clock for the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington


Very good, working.


6.75" x 4.25" x 9.25"h