Raised in Chicago’s Ida B. Wells projects, artist Steve Hurst sees beauty and value in things others might just throw out. He made his first clock in 1990, after seeing an ad in Popular Mechanics selling spare clock parts, which he bought and combined with a pair of bookends he’d had for years. Now, his one-of-a-kind wall, mantel, and table clocks incorporate found objects and tell a story as well as time. They also have names, such as “The Joy of Rising Everyday” and “Caller EyeDee.” Most of Hurst’s work is done on commission, in which he incorporates at least one object treasured by the buyer, and he is hoping to work with North County fire victims to reimagine saved items. A major retrospective of his clocks and paintings, Cymbalic Landscapes & Past Dreams, runs Sept. 1-30 at Bridge Storage & ArtSpace in Richmond.