Oct 29, 2018

Art Installation Suspends 80,000 Shimmering Watch Plates for People to Walk Through

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Light is Time is an art installation developed by Tsuyoshi Tane of DGT Architects. Featuring 80,000 suspended main plates—the basic component of a watch—the award-winning installation was unveiled at Milan Design Week in April 2014.


Photograph by Takuji Shimmura


Photograph by Takuji Shimmura


With creative direction from CITIZEN watch, the installation design was handled by DGT while Yutaka Endo of LUFTZUG took care of lighting and sound direction. The installation is currently on display at SPIRAL Gallery in Tokyo, Japan until 28 November 2014. You can find video walk-throughs of this ethereal installation in the two videos embedded below.







“Time is light. If there were no light, then there would be no time. In the 20th century, mankind digitized time, measured it and continued to economize our time, until eventually we forgot about its relationship with the essence of light. Without light we never would have had the wonders of the universe, the richness of our planet or the joy and pleasure of our lives. “LIGHT is TIME” — the manifestation of light’s return to time — is our great challenge of the 21st-century.”
– Tsuyoshi Tane (DGT)


Photograph by Takuji Shimmura


Photograph by Tokyobling’s Blog


Photograph by Takuji Shimmura



CITIZEN Watch: Milan Design Week 2014
Dorell, Ghotmeh, Tane (DGT) Architects: LIGHT is TIME
Takuji Shimmura Photography
Tokyobling’s Blog: Light is Time – Omotesando
Spiral Tokyo: CITIZEN “LIGHT is TIME” Exhibition
Spoon&Tamago: Walk Through an Installation of 65,000 Shimmering Watch Base Plates


Photograph via Luftzug on Facebook



Photograph by Takuji Shimmura


Photograph via Spiral Tokyo



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