Harrison's Garden

2000 clocks on display at Castle Drogo.

The Library at Castle Drogo is now the venue for Harrison's Garden, an installation of over 2,000 clocks by artist Luke Jerram.

‘Harrison’s Garden’ by artist Luke Jerram promises to be a spectacle for the eyes and ears. The clocks are clustered to form patterns and shapes along the floors and surfaces and set to different times so that visitors will hear a musical delight of ticking, clicking and chiming throughout the day.

“For me, Harrisons Garden is an imagined landscape; a garden of clocks. It is a glimpse of a surreal fictional world or perhaps an image from one of John Harrison's dreams. Like a garden, the installation is a living and growing collection of different clock species.” Luke Jerram.

The installation has taken inspiration from the clock maker John Harrison. Harrison was born at Nostell Priory in 1693, the son of the estate carpenter and is known today as one of England’s greatest inventors for creating the marine chronometer, which made it possible to tell the time at sea.

Louise Donovan, Creative Programme Manager, said, “this year at Castle Drogo the stories in the castle focus on how the Drewe family’s lives changed through time. This installation provides a unique visual spectacle, celebrating the work of John Harrison but also providing us with an opportunity to highlight our own collection of clocks and share some of the Drewe family stories.

Luke Jerram, a creator of sculptures, installations and live arts projects across the globe, is excited to see Harrison’s Garden expand in size and sound as it spreads across historic National Trust spaces. The display is also set to appear at Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire and Penrhyn Castle in Wales, with each place asking their local communities to donate 500 additional clocks.

The installation is on display in the castle every day until the end of October.