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Steam Clock - Gastown Vancouver

This Steam Clock in the Gastown section of Vancouver draws many a passerby. You can see the wisps of steam escaping the top.


I don't do that much HDR, and even fewer single shot HDRs, but this shot seemed to call out for it. The wind was blowing the flowers too much for a multiple shot.


"A steam clock is a clock which is fully or partially powered by a steam engine. Only a few functioning steam clocks exist, most designed and built by Canadian horologist Raymond Saunders for display in urban public spaces. Steam clocks built by Saunders are located in Otaru, Japan; Indianapolis, USA; and the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Whistler and Port Coquitlam, all in British Columbia. Steam clocks by other makers are installed in St Helier, Jersey and at the Chelsea Farmers' Market in London, England. Although they are often styled to appear as 19th-century antiques, steam clocks are a more recent phenomenon inspired by the Gastown steam clock built by Saunders in 1977." wiki


I've seen the one in Indianapolis as well. Didn't realize they were made by the same designer, and there were so few of them.


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Taken on July 2, 2010