Eternity Clock

I guess it should come as no surprise to anyone who reads this blog that I like objects around the concept of time.

I like how time is simultaneously stretchy and rigid, I’m endlessly challenged by the notion of planning for the future but living for the moment, and the necessity of thinking about projects and life beyond our own lifetimes strikes me as both elemental and Quixotic.

Source: Alicia Eggert / Musuem of Ridiculously Interesting Things
Source: Alicia Eggert / Musuem of Ridiculously Interesting Things

So here’s the Eternity clock by Alicia Eggert and Mike Fleming.

It’s made of thirty clocks hidden behind a white sheet of acrylic, the hands of the clocks arranged so that every twelve hours, you can see Eternity.

Source: Alicia Eggert / Musuem of Ridiculously Interesting Things
Source: Alicia Eggert / Musuem of Ridiculously Interesting Things

I imagine sitting and meditating on the passage of the hands between each momentary vision of the word might seem like an eternity, or if you are contemplatively inclined, might actually take you there.

Source: Alicia Eggert / Musuem of Ridiculously Interesting Things
Source: Alicia Eggert / Musuem of Ridiculously Interesting Things

The Eternity clock poses a nice temporal counterpoint to the work of the Long Now foundation, which is building the 10,000 Year Clock. A clock for an eternity, at least by human standards.