Friday, 28 May 2010

All The Time in the World

Seems as though I have now offically finished with the second year on my degree, and have found myself with quite a lot of time on my hands, preparing to take a year out of education to get some experience in industry, I thought it would be fitting to mention the new art installation at Heathrow Terminal 5... Trokia have installed an Electroluminescent Art Wall called All the Time in the World.

The installment measures 22m long and uses a state of the art electroluminescent display system extending the conventional notion of a world clock, which commonly concentrates on capital cities in different time zones, by linking real time to places with exciting and romantic associations like far-away places, exotic wonders and forgotten cultures.

'All the Time in the World' allows passengers to extend their imagination to far distant locations as they enter the Lounges; the great natural wonders of the world, the highest mountains, the most beautiful lakes, the tallest buildings, the longest rivers, ancient cities, museums with untold treasures, dream islands and exotic deserts, thereby subverting the hard function of the traditional world clock into a poetic, fictional tool. GMT, London’s local time, forms the heart of the clock display, and any places west of London are situated to the left of the large clock, and equally, any places east of London are to its right.
- Trokia, 2010

Following this logic 'All the Time in the World' not only connects the different capitals of the world, but it also celebrates less apparent places including:

• Natural wonders: Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, Great Barrier Reef

• The highest mountains: Mount Whitney, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Everest, Fuji

• Forgotten wonders: Tenochititlan, Abu Simbel, Taj Mahal, Ankor Wat

• Museums: Guggenheim, Louvre, Hermitage, Mori Museum

• Modern wonders: Panama Canal, Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House

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