The History Clock – Art Installation
by Sierra Tasi-Baker
The History Clock Basic Concept: Art Installation
The History Clock accurately depicts an average of what would have passed
through the Vancouver Inlet throughout history, from before the aboriginals to
present day. The clock rotates periodically and is powered only by wind power.
The Winds of Time
Each Ship/Canoe/Vessel act as plant pots that carry indigenous lightweight
plants that won’t overgrow. Light is let through from many windows. Rain water
collected from above the “clock” also helps activate water powered generators.
Rain water is distributed evenly over the fountain and helps water the plants. At
the bottom of the fountain is a sculpture of an accurate Vancouver skyline, which
is easily visible. At the base around the little Vancouver Island is water, and the
base ships that float in the water and carry slightly larger foliage that is edible.
The base is made of thick fiberglass just like the top and is lit in a northern lights
fashion (purples, greens, blues, reds etc.) and powered only by solar energy.
– Nature driven, but describes human history.
– Designed in concentric circles to represent tree rings.
– The central rings describe the oldest and the outer the most current.
Dubbed the “History Clock”, ideally each moving component connects to an
electronic timeline that corresponds with important dates matching current
events and historical events. Full rotation/cycles link to a 365 day cycle and
should be easily reprogrammable for changing times.
Two forms of time: centre outwards and top – down = ancient to current
For example the centre ring is all animals (carved in soapstone?)
Focus a large number of salmon at the top and very few at the bottom, based on a
division of real scientific data/ oral data.
2nd Ring = At the top, war canoes, as you continue downwards fewer and less
native rings but more current or difficult native canoes, perhaps even “western”
3rd Ring = Western introduction, at the top, ships rumoured to be the first to have
discovered aboriginal life.
Sierra Tasi Baker. November 22 2012.