Cambridge’s iconic Corpus Clock brought back after being targeted by vandals

The iconic Cambridge Corpus Clock has returned to King’s Parade after being targeted by vandals earlier this year. The protective glass in front of the popular sculpture was smashed on the evening of March 4.

The clock, which features no hands or numbers, is one of the most distinctive monuments in the city and is popular amongst locals. It was created by Corpus Christi alumnus Dr John Taylor and unveiled by Professor Stephen Hawking in 2008.

When it was initially damaged Corpus Christi College said they were “saddened” by the damage. They added that they would be repairing the landmark as soon as possible.

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Corpus Christi Clock was vandalised on Saturday, March 4
Corpus Christi Clock was vandalised on Saturday, March 4
(Image: CambridgeshireLive)

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said an investigation was ongoing, but no arrests had been made. They previously said “a man with a hammer” had attempted to damage the clock but he had not been located.

The clock, known as Corpus Chronophage, features a giant grasshopper with 60 slits cut into its face which lights up to show the time. The grasshopper, meaning “time-eater”, advances around the four-foot-wide face, with each step marking a second.

Its movement triggers blue flashing lights which travel across the face, eventually stopping at the correct hour and minute. But the clock is only accurate once every five minutes, with the lights used as decoration the rest of the time.

Cambridgeshire Live – Cambridge News