In 2001, Lexington philanthropist Lucille Caudill Little dreamed of a huge ceiling clock adorning the Central Library rotunda. Due to her generosity, her dream became a reality. Today, our rotunda has been transformed by the world’s largest ceiling clock , a five story Foucault pendulum  and a frieze  depicting the history of the horse in the Bluegrass. The project is a memorial to Mrs. Little’s husband W. Paul Little and their family friend Charles H. Jett III. It was designed by another family friend, Lexington artist Adalin Wichman.
Construction on the project began in late October 2001, with the erection of a four-story tall  scaffolding in the rotunda. The clock, built by the Verdin Clock Co. of Cincinnati, was installed on the fourth floor ceiling in late November, after which the terrazzo floor, the frieze, and the pendulum were installed. Mrs. Little started the library’s pendulum on New Year’s Eve by burning the cord holding the plumb bob in place.
Links & Information
Foucault Pendulum Links
- Foucault Pendulum Wiki 
- The Foucault Pendulum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation Online) 
- About Foucault Pendulums 
- The University of Louisville’s Foucault Pendulum 
- Hadley Pendulum, Colorado State University 
- The Foucault pendulum in the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics 
- Verdin Company 
The creator of LPL’s ceiling clock is the largest supplier of bells, carillons and clocks in the world.
Foucault Pendulum in the News
- youTube