Louisville Clock Close to Home at Theater Square

by Dalton Main on July 5, 2011

The old Louisville Clock may be close to finding a new home at Theater Square on Fourth Street. Mayor Greg Fischer has the final say on where the clock is placed and spokesman Chris Poynter says Theater Square is the target location right now.

“I think right now this seems to be the preferred location for everyone involved, the Mayor is pretty close to signing off on it,” Poynter says “it sort of brings it back to fourth street, it was at the Galleria years ago, so this is just a couple blocks south of that.”

Some changes may be needed in the area to accommodate the clock, but Poynter says business owners in the area seem enthusiastic about it. It would be close to the clock’s original home, the old River City Mall, which is now occupied by Fourth Street Live.

The 45-foot tall clock, sometimes called the Derby Clock, has been sitting at Bowman field for several years while local businessman Adam Burckle has been coordinating efforts to restore it.

Designed by local artist Barney Bright and dedicated in 1976, the clock features prominent figures from Louisville’s history, including King Louis XVI, George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Thomas Jefferson and a fictional “Belle” of Louisville.

The clock is in the shape of a large racetrack and at noon, the figures race around the track on horses while other sculptures from Louisville’s past watch from the grandstand at the top.

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