I'm almost finished with this clock, which was a special request from my brother and sister-in-law. They let me stay in their trailer near the beach (a whole lot) last summer, and to repay them (a little) I offered them a clock of their choice. None of the colors I usually use really worked in their living room, so my sister-in-law Maria suggested using a black background. What a great idea - I really like the way it looks so far! I just have to attach the clock mechanism and hands and it'll be on its way to Havertown, PA.