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Walk Through 80,000 Shimmering Watch Parts Suspended In Mid Air

Walk Through 80,000 Shimmering Watch Parts Suspended In Mid Air

Earlier in 2014, the remarkable art installation 'Light is Time' captured the imagination of all those attending Milan Design Week.

A collaboration between Tsuyoshi Tane of DGT Architects and watch manufacturer Citizen saw 80,000 watch plates (essentially the body of the timepiece) hung from the ceiling using black thread.

This simple concept creates the breath-taking illusion that the watches are suspended in mid air, as if someone had sprinkled gold dust from the ceiling, freezing it in time.

Time is light. If there were no light, then there would be no time. In the 20th century, mankind digitized time and continued to economize our time, until eventually we forgot about its relationship with the essence of light.

Watch Tsuyoshi Tane explaining the concept and process behind the installation.


Whilst the exhibition has sadly ended, by the watching the video above you're able to gain a real sense of what it must have been like to experience the ethereal installation in person.

In the meantime, here's some images taken by photographer Takuji Shimmura from deep inside the installation.

They're nothing short of remarkable.

Via Citizen & DGT Architects

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