The Cobbett Clock
In 1997 a project was launched to commission a work of art for the Woolmead area of Farnham. The Woolmead is a 1960s development which is now felt to be out of keeping with the town’s mainly Georgian character, and a competition was held to choose a design for a free-standing public clock in an area of open space.
The competition was won by Michael Chaikin, a kinetic sculptor, who designed a 22ft high clock with parts that moved on the hour, illustrating many aspects of Farnham’s history and featuring the town’s most famous son William Cobbett. Unfortunately many snags developed with the project, which had eventually to be abandoned.