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Nendo’s variations of time

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If there is one object that can undoubtedly and paradoxically be described as timeless, it is the hourglass, a device that has been used since antiquity and which is still being used in our everyday lives, its shape barely changed over thousands of years. With the advent of digital clocks, the hourglass has experienced a transition from serving a functional role to having a more sentimental value, symbolizing the idea of time.

By examining this simple mechanism of sand falling due to gravity through a restricted passage and altering the speed and the angle, one can actually change the perception of the flow of time. In other words, the concept of this collection could be said to be “designing time itself”.

The four different hourglasses were carved out from a single piece of transparent acrylic. The interior cavities in which the sand accumulates have been hand-polished with fine metal needles tipped with abrasives. This production method gives the shapes an almost natural, organic appearance, resembling clouds and puddles, conveying the feeling that time is moving even more freely than it was before.

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“Five minutes” worth of sand divided into 2 cavities; “two minutes” worth of sand accumulates in the left-hand chamber. Once this chamber is completely filled, the sand starts falling into the right-hand chamber, counting an additional “three minutes”.

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The angles of the chambers control the movement of the sand; on the way going, sand travels down the right path counting “two minutes”. Once flipped over, and the sand is coming back, it is directed to the left route that counts only “one minute”.

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When sand falls from the first chamber into the second, it counts “one minute”. Once the sand has drained from the second chamber into the lower one, “two minutes” have passed.

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Three puddle-like chambers are left open at the top of the hourglass and depending on into which chamber the sand is poured, the same amount of sand can count “one”, “two” or “three” minutes.

Daniela Garbillo

Daniela Garbillo

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