Dinant’s saxophone-shaped water clock

While visiting the town of Dinant, in Belgium, we discovered a gigantic saxophone made out of glass. It was placed in the town hall’s courtyard in 2014. The glass statue is a marvellous piece of art authored by Bernard Tirtiaux, a Belgian glass artist, stage actor, singer and writer.


Dinant’s saxophone-shaped water clock

The statue actually counted down the days, from its inauguration in February 2014 to 6 November 2014, the 200th birthday anniversary of Adolphe Sax, the saxophone inventor. The saxophone statue got a water drop every eight seconds and the counting lasted 273 days!


The gigantic saxophone features an unusual symbol. The statue floats on the Meuse’s waves and is accompanied by stalactites and stalagmites, also made from glass. In the anniversary context the stalactites and stalagmites are the linking metaphor to highlight another major local attraction: La Merveilleuse, la Grotte de Dinant.


Dinant’s town hall entrance

The part of the waving Meuse is made of glass coming from Cuneo, in the region of Piedmont, Italy.

The water clock flowing mechanism is a piece of accurate engineering. It precisely allowed a water drop to pass every eight seconds.

The statue weights four tones and it was built with the help of 250 silicone cartridges.


Town hall’s courtyard entrance

The Town Hall’s courtyard of Dinant appears to be the perfect place to accommodate the statue. It is a quiet and green space where both inhabitants and tourists can enjoy a break.

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