“Today would be a day of gray watermelons. I like best tomorrow: the black, soundless watermelon days. When you cut them they make no noise and taste very sweet.
They are good for making things that have no sound. I remember there was a man who used to make clocks from the black, soundless watermelons and his clocks were silent. The man made six or seven clocks and then he died. There is one of the clocks hanging over his grave. It is hanging from the branches of an apple tree and sways in the winds that go up and down the river. It of course does not keep time anymore.”
Richard Brautigan 1964
Today’s assignment was to take this excerpt from Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar and make an art piece about it. The Ghost of Richard Brautigan seems to enjoy all the attention he has gotten from me that past few days. I keep finding his books in odd places and his name has often popped up in conversations around me.
Here is a short film I made this afternoon called, The Soundless Clock: