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  • 09.18.14

This Kinetic Wall Of Clocks Is Utterly Hypnotic

This Kinetic Wall Of Clocks Is Utterly Hypnotic

Some things are just meant to be seen in motion. That’s certainly the case with A Million Times, a whirring board of almost 300 analogue clocks that exist in such a beautiful harmony with one another that they can segue from a pattern of rhythmically undulating waves to a full-functional digital watchface. A static image doesn’t do it justice.

Created by 32-year-old Swedish designers Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff of the Humans Since 1982 design collective, A Million Times is a collection of 288 analog and monochrome clocks, networked together and controlled by an iPad. With each clockface twirling its hands at a different rate, the Million Times installation might just look like horological static at first. But the 566 clock hands synchronize according to a logic all of their own, and eventually, the entire face of the installation animates itself into a magical kinetic sculpture.

When watching A Million Times, the most breathtaking moment is when those hundreds of clock hands suddenly sync up, bending and twisting into angle to suddenly form a seven-segment digital watch display. It’s like watching the ripples on a placid ocean of time gradually resolve itself into a big, blinking digital watch face. The effect is totally hypnotic: a visual reflection upon the soothing, hypnotic nature of time itself.

[h/t The Fox Is Black]JB