Saturday, August 18, 2001

Library to get new clock, pendulum

Idea came in a dream, philanthropist says

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — An elaborate clock inspired by a philanthropist's dream will become a showpiece at the downtown library.

        Lucille Little said Thursday that she is spending more than $400,000 on the clock, which will feature 60 horses around the clock face.

        “The idea came to me in a dream,” Ms. Little, 91, told about 70 guests at a luncheon in her honor at the Lexington Country Club. “I get some of my best ideas in dreams. They just hit me.”

        The clock dial will be mounted in the library's atrium, around the fourth-floor overhang.

        “It will be enormous, 40 feet in diameter,” said Jim Verdin, president of The Verdin Co., a Cincinnati clock designer and maker recruited for the project.

        There will be no hands, only numerals. Each numeral and minute mark will light up. On the hour, chimes will play a short melody. The chimes's volume can be adjusted.

        The 60 horses around the clock face will be programmed to light up in sequence to look like a horse racing around the edge.

        Besides the clock, Little is donating a Foucault pendulum that will hang from a 70-foot cable suspended from the library dome. The pendulum will swing across a floor mosaic designed by Lexington artist Adalin Wichman.

        A Foucault pendulum's movement around a circle is caused by the Earth's rotation.

        “We think it has so many implications for us,” said Greg Davis, marketing manager for the library. “It's tremendous.”


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