ROBERT OOLEY, AIA - S.B. COURTHOUSE - BISNO-SCHALL GALLERY
ARTIST: robert ooley, aia
AFFILIATION: registered architect and artist
DESCRIPTION: bisno schall gallery santa barbara courthouse
The Santa Barbara Courthouse is home to a well kept Seth Thomas Tower Clock. It has been faithfully ticking the time away for the past 81 years. It is located inside an isolated room within the observation tower at this National Historic Landmark building and is not regularly open to the general public--that will change this coming January 2011.
The art of horology unquestionably ranks among the most wonderful of the mechanical arts. One can only marvel aT the diminutive size of the modern wrist watch and the accuracy of the machines by which the duplicate parts are made. For those not familiar with the art of horology, it is the understanding of how to mark the passage of time--and more specifically the crafting of devices that measure the passage of time.
It is the vision of the Bisno-Schall Gallery to turn this little known room into a first class gallery to tell three stories-- horology, Santa Barbara and the courthouse itself.
For more information, please visit: http://www.bisnoschallgallery.com/