Beloved Derby Clock moving to new indoor home

Published: Dec. 11, 2014 at 5:23 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2015 at 5:23 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A much-loved Louisville original is on the move again. The Louisville Clock, also known as the Derby Clock, will leave its location at Theater Square on 4th Street, possibly before the end of the year.

Rebecca Matheny, executive director of the Louisville Downtown Partnership, which oversees the clock, says the elements and vandals have not been kind to the aging clock. Matheny said someone broke a leg off one of the horses and the clock is not currently operational.

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Matheny said a move to an indoor location will help the 70s-era piece of public art, although she's not sure yet where that might be. Matheny said the Kentucky International Convention Center is one possibility, although she has not talked to the Kentucky State Fair Board yet about it. Matheny said the fairgrounds or Louisville International Airport are also contenders with the main criteria being an indoor space with public access.

An initial move could happen before the end of the year, Matheny said. She said the goal is to have the clock indoors before the worst of the winter weather hits.

The first move will give supporters an opportunity to repair the clock and get it back in working order before it moves to its new permanent home.

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