Twelve smooth black stones, a partially mirrored glass sphere, and a shelf made of driftwood constitute Time amplifier. Twelve indentations in the cut surface of the driftwood hint at the twelve months used in most calendar systems. Each month, one of the stones can be taken from the shelf, kept inside a pocket or somewhere safe while the glass sphere takes its place. The passing of time is thus signified by the migrating sphere.
In its materials Time amplifier contains great expanses of time and vast distances. The black stones were collected from beaches in southern Iceland, where wind and water had polished and smoothed their surfaces over time; the driftwood was washed ashore in Iceland by ocean currents from far-flung lands like Siberia or the Americas. By reflecting viewer and surroundings upside down in the sphere, Time amplifier allows visitors to see themselves seeing. In doing so, it makes apparent that we always experience time from some position in space.
|Driftwood, black stones, partially silvered crystal sphere, steel|