This very special one-of-a-kind wall clock is dedicated to Robin Hugh Gibb CBE. On the backdrop of the London evening sky with the city lights giving way to dark, deep space, it bears Robin's signature located in a position where both hour & minute hand flank & thus 'encapsulate' the signature between them whenever the clock shows 10:46pm (22:46). For those who do not know, and there are not many who do, this is the exact time at which Robin Gibb passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.
The beautiful & poignant text reads:
"He slipped the surly bonds of Earth,
To touch the face of God"
This alludes to a poem by John Gillespie Magee, an Anglo-American fighter pilot, who joined the Royal Canadian Airforce to fight the Nazi war-machine prior to the United States entering into World War Two and who died tragically in an accidental mid-air collision in 1941 over Lincolnshire England in 1941. He wrote a poem called 'High Flight' which includes similar lines to those in the printed text. Apart from those lines being so touching and beautiful, it is also included here in remembrance of Robin Gibb's tireless efforts to support the RAF and ensure the building & completion of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London was fulfilled and that the upkeep would be paid for by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and not taken from the pensions of the remaining elderly airman of Bomber Command, which was the MoD's original plan. The men of Bomber Command lost more personnel than any other unit fighting in the war, yet they were completely unrecognised for their service, without even a service medal like all the other units had received. The RAF pay homage to Robin each and every anniversary of his death with a flyover carried out in the skies above his place of rest in Thame Oxfordshire's St. Mary's churchyard, as well as above his house using Supermarine Spitfires and Hurricanes, giving the 'wing-dip' salute to him and his family, including his son the producer and singer-songwriter Robin-John Gibb, who also campaigned, alongside his father, to make the Bomber Command Memorial a reality and to bring to fruition its completion and continuous upkeep.
It is now the most visited memorial in London.
The night sky depicted on the clock emulates that over London that night at 10:46pm on May 20th 2012, not a cloud in the sky, it was as if the very stars were paying homage to him.
Perfect for any true-blue, die-hard fan, who wants something special, poignant & truly unique to commemorate & remember Robin with. A wonderful gift for yourself, or for someone else you know will cherish it.
Frame: Available in natural-wood, white, or black frame