A diversion, but an appropriate one, maybe.
“Conventional clocks with hands are boring,” he said. “I wanted to make timekeeping interesting.
“I also wanted to depict that time is a destroyer – once a minute is gone you can’t get it back.
“That’s why my grasshopper is not a Disney character. He is a ferocious beast that over the seconds has his tongue lolling out, his jaws opening, then on the 59th second he gulps down time.”
The Chronophage in action:
Update: The Love of my Life, whose wish is my command, requests a picture of the grasshopper itself.