Graham Crawford interviews Therese Charbonneau, Senior Conservator for the City of Hamilton.
Sometimes, things do just what they were designed to do. Toasters toast bread. Traffic lights control traffic. Washing machines clean clothes. But sometimes, even while things are doing what they were designed to do, they take on a broader meaning in our lives. A cast iron fence becomes a piece of history, or art, or both. A neon sign, like the Pagoda's at John and King streets, becomes so much more than a slightly kitsch approximation of something meant to suggest 'foreign'. Sometimes, those things become part of who we are. Part of how we define ourselves. Part of our culture.
The Birks Clock is one of those things. It was designed to tell time, but not in any ordinary way.
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