By Regina Connell.
Time’s been on my mind a great deal of late: lack of it, the passage of it, the shape of it. Time’s what you make of it, of course. But what do you make of time?
A couple of pieces I saw this week in the by-ways and highways of the digital world got me thinking.
You might call it the antidote to the Apple Watch, but it doesn’t really need to be compared to anything to convey its essential sublimity.
An installation called Sand, inspired by Zen Gardens, is the gradual formation and flattening of a ripple pattern over a period of twelve hour cycles. The poets? London-based Studio Ayaskan was formed by Bike and Begum Ayaskan, a twin designer duo. Following degrees in Design Products from RCA—they focus on products and installations—it’s their aim to create excitement through simple quality interventions.
More on the passage of time, but this time on what to do with the change it brings. Is true beauty can be found in the scars time leaves behind, or only in its original state? Ah, the age-old question. Such is the controversy around the renovation of Chartres Cathedral, considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture.
The change is shocking but also thought-provoking. Having sat in the darkened cathedral—the candle soot-stained walls towering above me, listening to Malcolm Miller bring its history to life, I don’t want to think about change. But perhaps I should be open to it, to see what the original worshippers saw, to be transported to that time. Read more about it here.
And what if it is your job to mark time and significance? Anyone who’s spent time in London has see the blue plaques that pop up on buildings, signifying that someone famous lived or worked there. Administered by English Heritage, the plaques have been handmade by the same family for over 30 years.
Husband and wife team Frank and Sue have worked from their Cornwall home since taking over from the previous plaquemaker who died from illness in 1984. After being given the basic recipe for the clay base, the pair have continued to churn out the plaques with the same level of precision and care. But with Frank, now in his 80s and recovering from a triple heart bypass, the hope is for their son Justin to take over the family business. See a lovely film by Cat McShane here. First seen in It’s Nice That.