The Global Fluvial Clock & Planetary Clepetra
31. März 2021, 07:15
Rivers are icons of climate change, and highly sensitive indicators of climate conditions. To bolster public appreciation of river systems, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien Professor Helmut Habersack is collaborating with the acclaimed American artist and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats to create a pair of monumental clocks that will keep time with the flow of some of the world’s largest rivers over the next several hundred years. One fluvial clock will support public education at the new BOKU Wasserbaulabor on the Danube River. A twin clock in the Vienna city center will be a high-visibility environmental artwork viscerally connecting residents and visitors with the seasonal flow of the Danube. Developed in collaboration with Ars Electronica Futurelab and Open Austria, the timepieces will encourage us to pay attention to our natural surroundings, remind us of our human limitations, and temper our societal hubris.
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