Hiding beneath the Westminster Chiming Grandfather Clock — a one-of-a-kind-item designed for a private client in Dubai — is an actual, functioning grandfather clock standing over 7 feet tall. But it’s difficult to tell considering McElhinney has plastered the entire thing with discarded plastic toys that have been bonded together and coated with a high gloss polyurethane white paint. The clock chimes every 15 minutes.
Says MCelhinney of his work:
Each piece is one of a kind and made to my clients requirements. This allows me to place toys that my clients may have played with in their childhood and tell a story. Clients often tell me that even a year after receiving their sculpture they discover new toys that they had missed or press a button and find toys that light up and make noise.
Quite amazing. I’d love to own a household object — maybe a picture frame or a footstool — constructed from all of my old Ghostbusters, He-Man, and Star Wars action figures. Or maybe something made from all of the McDonald’s Happy Meal toys I amassed over the years. Should have saved ‘em.
Photos: Ryan McElhinney