Barely two years after a $26,000 overhaul, the city hall clock may be sick again. The centre seam appears to be splitting allowing the hands to rub along its face, the "12" and "6" squares to peel back and check out that funky wave of the face as indicated by the shadows from the hands.
Yes, I've emailed 311 just in case.
As you might have expected, here's a look back at the timepiece !
The clock was not part of the Civic Centre complex when it opened in 1964 but added a decade later thanks to Molson's !
The company, which operated a number of companies with a local presence such as Molson Brewery, Beaver Lumber and office supply retailer Willson's, held a board of directors meeting here in 1974, Winnipeg's centennial year. The clock was a birthday gift to the city and unveiled with the release of hundreds of balloons on September 16, 1974.
Disappearing clock: 2008, 2010 and 2012
In 2009 the clock had a seizure and time literally stood still. It was removed in February 2010 for an overhaul that included replacing the internal mechanism and was put back in place in November.
In other clock news:
It seems that the Old Market Square clock is not making a comeback. I blogged about that back in 2010 when the refurbished square reopened without its timepiece. Sean Kavanagh from CBC looked into it and was told that pubic works had it and were just figuring out when and where it should go back up. That was two years ago, so I assume its not going to happen.
That's too bad. The square has become such a hot spot for festivals and shows, the public timepiece made a pleasant and practical ornament.