There are many different famous clocks in Moscow, but the clock on the building of the Puppet Theater named after Obraztsova significantly differ from their "colleagues" in a rather extravagant look, daily gathering children and adults around them. Still, after all, by the time of its creation, this musical and theatrical clock had no analogues in the whole country.
They appeared on the facade of the puppet theater building in 1970, together with the opening of the theater on the Garden Ring. When building the theater, all existing innovations of that time were taken into account - in the equipment of the theater stage, light and sound, but the facade of the building itself was an unattractive gray concrete wall, which was characteristic of the style of buildings of that time. However, the head of the theater decided to revive the appearance of the theater with an unusual, huge clock.
Obraztsov came up with the idea of creating a puppet clock with figurines - fairy-tale characters, which were supposed to decorate the gray facade of the new building of the puppet theater. The sculptors Dmitry Shakhovsky and Pavel Shimes took the idea to life, and the mechanism was invented by Veniamin Kalmanson. A lot of money was spent on the manufacture of the watch. The dimensions of this unusual watch are 3 meters wide and 4 meters high. The watch itself is made of copper, stainless steel, brass and PCB. The beams, patterns and the flagpole are covered with gold leaf. All fairy tale characters are made of fiberglass. More than 50 people painstakingly worked on the production of dolls "walkers", among them locksmiths, mechanics, chasers and gold craftsmen.
The clock is a round dial around which houses of fairytale heroes are chaotically scattered. There are twelve houses and, accordingly, fictional residents. So, 30 seconds before the onset of the hour, a rooster cries, turning to the assembled spectators, he loudly crows and flaps his wings. At this moment, the hand of the clock points to the house, the doors of which are opened and a figure is shown. All these actions take place under a melody familiar to everyone from childhood, arranged by N. Bogoslavsky, "Whether in the garden or in the city." So, one by one, corresponding to each hour, all the heroes are shown one after another. At noon and at midnight, twice a day, all the fairy-tale characters appear together, and the viewer can see the inhabitants of the entire village.
Initially, the watch had an electromechanical device that occupied a specially designated room for it. Specially trained watchmakers supervised the uninterrupted work of the "walkers". Their work included the maintenance of watches and the timely inclusion of a tape recording of voices corresponding to the fairy-tale characters. The watch mechanism was so good that it was not inferior to the accuracy of the Kremlin chimes.
At first, the rooster crowed every hour, including at night. But after numerous complaints from local residents, which prevented them from sleeping, the clock was improved and they had a day and night (quiet) mode of operation.
Another interesting fact is connected with this watch: in the Soviet pre-perestroika years, the sale of alcohol began at 11.00 in the morning. The peasants waiting for a drink at the grocery store opposite, like children, rejoiced at the crowing of a rooster at 11.00 and the appearance of a gray wolf from the house with a knife, as if slicing a snack. So the people called the cherished eleven hours "the hour of the wolf".
You can see the famous clock and the theater itself at 3 Sadovaya-Samotechnaya Street, Moscow.
Today, as well as 40 years ago, the clock of the Obraztsov puppet theater gathers around itself a large number of spectators, both adults and children, who are looking forward to 12 hours and the appearance of all fairy-tale characters. This miniature performance, performed by the doll clock of the last century, delights and makes people come again and again.