Ruth Siaba Green, Robert Lovero – Mayor of Berwyn Illinois, and Michael Flight unveil the restored and newly installed GOOD TIME CLOCK art piece at Cermak Plaza.
Just in time for it’s 40th anniversary at Cermak Plaza the Good Time Clock has been reinstalled in a custom glass case in front of Marshalls at 7163 Cermak Road in beautiful Berwyn, Illinois.
The Good Time Clock was created by Evanston native George Rhoads (January 27, 1926 – July 9, 2021) and originally installed at Cermak Plaza in December 1982. The art piece was commissioned by David W. Bermant who had at least 5 other variations of the ball machine created by Rhoads between 1980 and 1992.
Michael Flight of Concordia Realty Management, Inc. says “Art has been a big part of the history and success of Cermak Plaza. David Bermant, the original developer of Cermak Plaza, had a vision that kinetic art improves the shopper experience and makes for truly unique places to enjoy.”
The Cermak Plaza “Good Time Clock” has been completely restored by former Berwyn resident Mike Helbing Studios. The case was designed by Chris Gazso of Gazso Design Inc. and constructed by Euro Architectural Products along with Anderson Construction.
George Rhoads (January 27, 1926 – July 9, 2021) was a contemporary American artist who was best known for his kinetic sculptures (ball machines) that can be found public places worldwide including museums such as the Chicago Art Institute, the New York Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Science Boston in addition to children’s hospitals, shopping centers, airports, and parks. Rhoads originally attended the University of Chicago studying math and physics and then transferred to the Art Institute of Chicago to study design.