A TRADITION AS OLD AT TIME:
THE WALDORF ASTORIA CLOCK
JOINS LOS CABOS
At Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, experiences rooted in place and heritage are the heart of our legacy. Celebrating the landmark and timepiece of Waldorf Astoria New York’s iconic lobby, we are pleased to present our very own signature Waldorf Astoria Clock in Los Cabos. A monumental sculptural center, feature element, and meeting place for guests—the heartbeat of our resort.
Filled with history, tradition, and brimming with nature-inspired design, here are three must-know things you should discover about the Waldorf Astoria Clock.
ONE WITH THE LANDSCAPE
Carved into the natural landscape at the entrance of the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal’s refined haven, guests will be greeted by The Waldorf Astoria Clock upon arrival to the resort. Centered in the outdoor lobby space, the iconic landmark and timepiece is a meeting place for guests, visitors, and hosts—serving as a feature element of our landscape. Its nature-inspired design has a lightweight character and transparency which allows uninterrupted views to the sea, and beyond.
The first Waldorf Astoria clock was purchased by John Jacob Astor IV and commissioned by Queen Victoria for the original location of the Waldorf-Astoria. One of the few surviving pieces following the original property’s demolition, it became a sparkling beacon of the famed Park Avenue lobby for over 80 years. Over this time, the clock became known as the centerpiece of the Waldorf Astoria New York—a tradition which continues to pay homage to the original timepiece at each of Waldorf Astoria’s newest luxury resorts. Now, in Los Cabos.
UNIQUE SENSE OF PLACE
At first glance, the Waldorf Astoria Clock of Pedregal has all the familiar details we know and love, alongside artistic homage to our destination’s nautical roots. The clock’s creator, artist Adan Paredes, took influence from navigation routes, our resort’s proximity to the sea, as well as the measurement of time. The Astrolabe metal elements of his artistic piece takes inspiration from ancient astronomical and nautical instruments. Using high-temperature ceramics to create the wind rose, also known as a ‘compass rose’, the artist gives the final touch to this iconic Waldorf Astoria Clock. This structure symbolizes direction, discovery, and awakening. A closer look reveals the perfect opportunity for dialogue and interaction between guests, visitors, and hosts. An encouragement to continue living and integrating the traditions of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal within all that we they do, celebrating our home destination with a subtle nod to its history and unique sense of place.
About the Artist
Adán Paredes (Mexico City, 1961) has been fascinated by clay since he was a child. Discovering his love of archaeology at the age of thirteen on a trip to Oaxaca, he later honed his ceramic creativity skills at the Permanent Invention Center (CIPAC), studying with master ceramist Hugo Velázquez, one of the forerunners of stoneware in Mexico, and Guillermo Espinoza and Ruth Beltrán. Around 2000, Paraedes moved his residence and workshops to Oaxaca. A down-to-earth craftsman, he champions crafts, artisans, the community where he lives and that has welcomed him.
His works are in collections of cultural or educational institutions around Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Adán also participates in solo and collective exhibitions in cities throughout Mexico and countries such as: the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Germany Austria, Denmark, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Yugoslavia, and China, among others. His awards include Honorable Mention in the First Ceramics Biennial of the Museum of Modern Art of Mexico City; an artist’s residence at the Gruber Jez Foundation in Yucatán; an artist’s residence at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria; and an artist’s residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada; and more.
He currently lives and works in Santo Domingo Barrio Alto, Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico, where he continues to create art in his workshop, Los Alacranes.