Erosion Man

The tallest of the family, Man reflects the traces left by peoples on their surroundings and the materials they have shaped. The column has 12 faces. As one cannot see all of them at once, the user is invited to move around it in order to read the time, as if navigating through architectural ruins.

The research started with the exploration of transparency in marble, achieved by varying the materials thickness. Through prototyping on the lathe, the link between the amounts of material removed, the number of revolutions per minute and the time spent doing it started the narrative between time and the shaping of the material. This lead to the abstraction of an object that would otherwise be a conventional clock and the unexpected shapes created became the focal point of the project.

This clock trio captures the phenomenon of erosion, natural and manmade, such as traces in sand that come and go, patterns created in rock by wind and water or marble steps worn down and polished by use. These erosions act as a clear indication of time passing. Likewise the hands of the three clocks leave their mark, as if carving a little deeper into the surface through the repetitive circular motions. Their shape therefore, not only acts as a pointer in order to read the time, but also as a guide to the resulting shape of the clock.