the playground sits
awaiting the return
of the children.
“it is very strange that the years teach us patience —
that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.”
-e. taylor, A Wreath of Roses
Time is important at an airport, with thousands of people running back and forth trying to get their plane on time. This is why most airports are full of clocks everywhere, helping to guide harried travelers. Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands is no exception, but it offers a twist: a giant clock that appears as if a man is busy painting it real time, minute by minute.
It appears as if a man is standing behind this giant airport clock, painting the hands in real time. The painter is actually a 12-hour-long recording, that gives a convincing illusion that a human is standing inside the translucent clock, busy at work as the hands go around. This creative timepiece is the latest work of Maarten Baas, a well-known Dutch artist and designer that has a series of similar live clock recordings.
The Schiphol Airport clock was created by Baas in 2016. The man inside the clock is wearing blue overalls and has a yellow rag in his pocket. This, together with his red bucket, is meant to be an homage to the famous Dutch artist Mondrian.
we say that time passes, time goes by, and time flows.
those are metaphors.
we also think of time as a medium in which we exist.
sources: atlas obscura, dutch design daily
“in the time it takes to say ‘now,’ now is already over.
it’s already ‘then.’ ‘then’ is the opposite of ‘now.’
so saying ‘now’ obliterates its meaning,
turning it into exactly what it isn’t.”
-ruth ozeki, a tale for the time being
my life’s interpretation of the above passage from ruth’s beautiful book :
by the time i get my clocks reset,
the time will change back again to the time it was when i started
like it never happened
until it happens again.
daylight saving time has arrived once again
image credit: pinterest, photographer unknown
now that the day of winter solstice has passed
we are already adding seconds/minutes of daylight to each new day
working our way back toward the summer solstice
i hope to use the extra light wisely.
6,400,099,980 moments constitute a single day. every single one of those moments provides an opportunity to reestablish our will. even the snap of a finger provides us with sixty-five opportunities to wake up and to choose actions that will produce beneficial karma and turn our lives around.”
-dogen zenji-13th century zen master
(as quoted by ruth ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being.)