Another forgotten influence.
In 1995 I spent the spring semester studying at Cheltenham and Gloucester College in Cheltenham, England. In the city’s equivalent of an American mall there resides the Wishing Fish clock. I often stopped to wait for its “chime” on my way to the teashop or to ogle chess sets at the game shop.
This clock was not then nor is it now in keeping with my general tastes and still seems to be a bit out of proportion to me. Nonetheless, the sense of wonder and possibility that it engenders in children and perhaps a few adults remains an inspiration.
According to Wikipedia, the vertical distance from the duck to the fish is 14 metres. It weighs 3 tons.