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We've all experienced the thrill of visiting an old-world European city, staying in a perfectly-situated hotel, and then going out during the day to discover all the city's sights and monuments. But what if you could bring those sights to you?
That's exactly what a new art-installation-cum-hotel-room in Ghent, Belgium is trying to do. Supported by a web of scaffolding on top of the city's train station, Hotel Ghent is a temporary one-room hotel that's been built around a clock tower.
As in, you better appreciate public monuments because once you check into this room, it's all clock, nothing but clock, all the time. The project was designed by artist Tazu Rous and is intended to make the visitor experience an iconic object in a new or "different" way. Yep, we'd say this is pretty different, alright...
Don't worry, nobody else knows what the numbers mean either
Ever noticed that giant weird screen of numbers above the Best Buy store in Union Square? It's a clock. Yeah, we were a little surprised too. And for the past year, any W Union Square room with a park-facing view has been confronted with lies, lies, lies, because the clock, which has notoriously confused passersby for years, was consistently telling the wrong time.
Check out this picture we took from room 2112, a south-facing "Mega" room (Mega ranks third in a total of six categories) which looks directly at the rapidly-flashing numbers. Not that any hotel guest would ever complain (it's not the W's job to launch into questionable public art initiatives—or is it?). But surely it's better to have a weird confusing clock-thing that works as opposed to one that doesn't?
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This video also has some narration to it so adjust accordingly if you're at work!
First, you might be asking yourself, “what exactly is a glockenspiel, actually?” We’re glad you asked. A glockenspiel is a set of bells or metal bars that you can use to play a tune. It’s sort of like a xylophone, only kookier, and a lot more fun.
While on a recent trip to Germany’s winemaking Rheingau region, we got the chance to stay at the Breuer’s Ruedesheimer Schloss Hotel in the picturesque riverside town of Ruedesheim am Rhein. The hotel has a real-life clock tower glockenspiel that peals out four German drinking tunes (the favorites of the current owner, Heinrich's, father) on the hour every hour. We worried that the sharp tones would wake us up a little earlier than we’d like after a day (and night) of sampling the region’s famous Rieslings, but the bells only ring from 10:00am-10:00pm, so we were assured of a good night’s sleep.