The largest free-standing cuckoo clock in America stands 24 feet tall in Portland’s International Airport as part of the #PDXNow winter tourism campaign, featuring such Portland icons as Sasquatch, Mount Hood, beer and wine, salmon, roses, timber and Portlandia. Created by sculptor and mechanical designer Nicolas Gros, the clock is fully functioning, with wooden gears and chainsaw-carved adornments by Oregon wood sculptor Chester Armstrong.
We at LUMICHRON Clock Company have been trying to convince airports that unique, custom-made clocks at gates and in common areas are an awesome idea to let passengers know, at a glance, if they need to rush, or if they can stroll, to their gate. Not every traveler has a hand free to pull out a cell phone to check the time. At least in the Portland Airport, as long as the temporary exhibit of the cuckoo clock is there, passengers can easily and quickly see how much time they have left to catch their flight.