Friday, 30 December 2011

the timekeeper

image credit: Emilio Naranjo/EPA
This gripping image looks like a movie frame yet it's
utterly true to life: master watchmaker Jesús López-Terra
inspects the monumental machinery behind the clock 
in Madrid's Puerta del Sol tower that tomorrow 
night will mark the beginning of new year 
starting up the traditional tolling of the bells.
Taking care of the clock installed back in 1865
means to raise the weights of chiming and movement,
to grease and check all transmissions in order to be
accurately on time for the thousands of people 
eating twelve grapes and sharing cheers.
Counting down the time until midnight tomorrow.

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