Our world is changing in a fast and significant way due to
globalization and rapid-evolving technology. Progress has been
measured by increased speed and efficiency: faster, better and
stronger. This has caused a shift in our perception of time. In our
fast paced society time seems to fly by. Time has become a luxury
product, it is used as a currency.
In reality time has been passing at the same speed for ages.
Nature can be seen as the opponent of today’s society.
Natural processes are the proof of time. “Matter of
Time” combines several of these natural processes in one
object. The twelve objects are a representation of one year,
consisting of 12 months. Under each of the twelve glass bells there
is a stalagmite, which has been growing for a specific amount of
time. The engraved rings on the base of each object are inspired by
the year rings of a tree and explain for how many months each
stalagmite has been growing. Finally, the copper base on which the
stalagmites grow, will gradually change colour over time, due to
the oxidation process. The series can be seen as a recalibration of
a calendar or clock, but only to be understood/read by taking your
time to look at it and to understand the time. The growing process
of stalagmites can be seen as a metaphor for time.