CLOCK TOWER IN DÜSSELDORF
Originally built for radio and television broadcasting, the Rhine Tower, Rheinturm, is the highest building in Düsseldorf and at 240.5 metres, it rises far above everything else in the state capital.
Its platform affords an especially impressive panorama of the city and surrounding area. Whether the media harbour, Medienhafen, the old town, Altstadt, the court gardens, Hofgarten, the famous Königsallee or the majestic river. Even Cologne is visible during fine weather. The high level restaurant rotates 360 degrees during every hour, first in one direction then the other.
The tower also houses a unique decimal timepiece formed by light-emitting diodes down the length of its column. Created by local designer Horst H. Baumann, the timepiece offers many observers a challenge to tell the time.
The clock’s display is actually very easy to decipher. Separated into three sections, each with two sets of lights, the lamps designate hours, minutes and seconds from top to bottom. Each upper set of lights signifies tens, the lower set shows the singles of the decimal system. Thus, the time in the image is 21:40 hrs or 9:40 pm. Two lights above and one below in the upper hour section and four lights above, none below in the middle section. The lights in the lowest seconds section are not visible here. Simple!
By Philipp Schiwek, Jul 16 2013
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