Alexander Thomson Scholarship 2012
THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM was a device found within a shipwreck of the coast of Greece around 1900. Archaeological reconstructions showed a bronze device made from interlocking discs, dials and mechanical gears. The device, crafted around 100BC, used mechanical gears and was of a scientific complexity that would not be achieved until the Renaissance.
The Antikythera Mechanism was the first anaolg computer, a scientific implement which the ancient Greeks used to plot astronomical figures.
The proposals suggest a device like the Antikythera Mechanism be installed upon within the tholos-like bay window of the Parlour at Holmwood House. However, rather than plotting the movement of celestial bodies, this mechanism would function as a device which plotted the destroyed buildings of Glasgow designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson.
Like some strange parlour game, this interactive device would be made of overlapping bronze discs inscribed with miniature models, drawings and writi