Sweepers Clock



In Sweeper’s Clock the hour and minute hands are formed by two men sweeping garbage, clockwise, filmed in real time. Sweeper’s Clock is part of Baas’s Real Time series, a set of four works in which people’s actions mimic the movement of traditional clocks and present the passage of time as a highly physical, even labor-intensive process.

Sweepers Clock debuted at Salone de Mobile Milan and has since been exhibited around the world including at MoMA and as part of Dutch Design Week.  Sweepers Clock won a 2016 award at ArtPrize.


Maarten Baas is one of the most influential Dutch designers of the beginning of the 21st century. He is often described as an “author designer”, of which his works lie on the boundaries between art and design. His work is known as rebellious, playful, intellectual, theatrical and artistic. He has gained an autonomous position in the design field, and his work varies from conceptual designs, limited editions, production design, installations, public space, architecture, interior design, theater design and performances.

His works are in major museum collections, such as the MoMA, Victoria & Albert Museum, Les Arts Decoratifs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Die Neue Sammlung, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum. And in private collections of Brad Pitt, Kanye West, Ian Schrager and Adam Lindemann. He worked for exclusive brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, Dior, Gramercy Park Hotel, Dom Ruinart and Berluti.


Learn more about Maarten Baas and his Real Time series at maartenbaas.com.