Environmental Art

Time

The chronological measurement of time synchronous with human evolution and its causal effects.

This unbuilt environmental art work as depicted in a plan and series of drawings takes the form of a sequence of outdoor rooms exploring in an artistic and spatial way the methods mankind has devised to measure time and how this measurement has in turn influenced lifestyle and life itself.

The work is experienced over time in the chronological order of human inventions by traversing 7 sequential outdoor rooms. These spaces are synchronized with episodes in the evolution of time measurement methods and each creates its own feeling of space, sound, textures, and light/dark.

SPACE+CHIAROSCURO+ MATERIALS+SOUND

Transitions from the first room to the last include space evolving from open, vast and endless to small, enclosed, and congested; chiaroscuro of the work contrasts the transition from full bright sun to gradual darkness; the materials of composition transition from natural pure elements of rock and sand to increasingly complex manmade elements paralleling technological advances; and finally sound evolves from silence to rhythms which increase in tempo and volume.

Sound is an important element in the work and cannot be experienced through the drawings. The viewer will have to use their imagination starting with (1) the silence of the desert like sundial room, (2) the swish of sand in the sand dial room, (3) the drip of water in the water clock room, (4) the louder sound of gears moving and (5) the creaking of pendulums swinging, (6)the constant noise of mechanical moving of the quartz crystal watch interior; and finally (7)the led electronic silence again

Cyclical vs Progressive time, a persistent philosophical controversy is expressed in this work.