At the top of the clock tower, there is a sculpture of a bell, flanked by two monkeys with hammers. Each hour, the monkeys appear to strike the bell with their hammers, counting out the time. Below the monkeys, there is a trellised platform, on which stands an orchestra of 6 animals. Twice each hour, these animals begin a dance around the platform, each playing a different instrument. The orchestra is made up of an accordion-playing elephant, a tambourine-tapping bear, a horn-blowing kangaroo, a penguin drummer, a piping goat, and a hippopotamus violinist. Each animal rotates on its own access, while at the same time the entire group moves in a circle around the platform. The clock's musicians have a repertoire of thirty-two nursery rhymes, chosen by George Delacorte .
The sounds of the clock are actually created by an electronic system, designed to simulate the chimes of real bells . The clock also has a heating system, used in the wintertime when there arises the possibility of the clock's mechanisms freezing .
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There are various sculptures with Children's themes in the area of Central Park
near the Delacorte Clock. These works include:
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