The M.A.D.Gallery launched the Nixie Machine, a sculptural clock with glowing Nixie tubes. Crafted out of burnished steel and brushed brass, and featuring six Nixie tubes made half a century ago, Nixie Machine was created by German artist Frank Buchwald for M.A.D.Gallery and based on an idea by Alberto Schileo. Each of Nixie Machine’s glowing six digits is displayed via an original, preserved Z568M Nixie tube manufactured by RFT in East Germany during the 1960s and recently discovered in a Bulgarian army depot. The Nixie Machine features no fewer than 350 components, each one hand-crafted by Buchwald himself out of bars and blocks of raw metal.
The six tubes are presented as three pairs – for hours, minutes and seconds – atop a structure built in Buchwald’s “heavy engineering” style that he established in his Machine Lights series.
Sourced by Schileo, the Nixie tubes used in Nixie Machine are 90mm in height.
Nixie Machine is available in a limited edition of 12 pieces.