Die "Erdenklanguhr" The "Earth-Sound Clock"

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Josef Drobar was born in Pettenbach (Austria) in 1951.
He first became a goldschmith until the year 1975, where he came upon the idea of working with behind-glass-paintings. A very old house in Innviertel became his studio. The typical "Mühlviertel surroundings" inspired Josef Drobar in his work.
Behind-glass-painted clocks are very much in demand on the market around the world.
Behind-glass-painting reaches it's prime in the 19th century from Augsburg through Böhmen und Mähren until it came to the Mühlviertel in Austria.
These clocks are still being painted with the original technology of the 19th century. In the beginning, as well as today, the behind-glass-painting is used for almost exclusive pictures. Behind-glass-painted clocks were seen very seldom, because the quality and the strength of the glass which was used for the clock-face was uneven, it always varied. And therefor it was very bad qualified for transport. A few of the first behind-glass-painted clocks are exposed in museum.
The style of the behind-glass-clocks of Josef Drobar is unique, because he takes his inspirations especially from the romantic Austria surroundings.
The fundamental idea is, that the clock become a charming and decorative piece combined with tradition.

The biggest clock in behind-glass-painting ever created was the center of the stage setting when the first computer-acoustic symphony "Earth Sound" was going to be performed for the first time.
This world premiere of "Earth-Sound" took place during the Ars Electonica 1982 in the Linzer Brucknerhall.
In creating this clock, the artist Josef Drobar combined traditional handicraft with the most modern computer technology. The oval face was painted with self-made "Earth-Colours" in the technology of behind-glass-painting.
Instead of the usual clock-strokes every hour new compositions - produced by plain earth-sounds - are called off by the clockwork in a computer system.
The composition for all these strokes were composed by computer-specialists Hubert Bognermayr and Harald Zuschrader and were realized in the computerstudio of the "Electronic Game Warden-Hut".
At the performance the "Earth-Sound-Clock" preluded each movement of the "Earth-Sound-Symphony" with it's "Earth-Strokes" and therefor it was musically part of the composition piece.

Angaben zur Uhr:
Total Height 3,52 m
Face 72,00 kg
Frame 54,00 kg
Clock-Work 127,00 kg
Undercarriage 51,00 kg
Pendulum 6,00 kg
Weights, je 30,00 kg
and Colour 1,50 kg

Total Weight 354,50 kg


Die "Erdenklanguhr" war als Botschafterin für Österreichisches Kunsthandwerk
bei zahlreichen Werbeveranstaltungen des Tourismusverbandes
europaweit unterwegs, u.a. in
Schloss Grafenegg,
Sharjah (VAE)

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