'The long now' 2021

Ross Eyre & Anna Thomas

Carrara marble, concrete & brass

Tracking the passage of the Moon in relation to the Earth in real-time, this mechanical timepiece moves in step to a larger, imperceptible rhythm. By articulating time over a grander scale, The long now gestures beyond its more familiar qualities: linear, punctual, finite.

10 editions


Kinetic light sculpture

A blend of sculpture and astronomical device, 'The long now' reimagines the pendulum clock as a kinetic light sculpture.

Lunar phase

Stored within its internal memory are over 100 years of positional data, enabling the clock to keep track of the position of the Moon in relation to the Earth.

Every hour the onboard computer awakes from sleep to adjust the angle of the light shield in accordance with the current lunar phase.