Clock Uses Sand To Mark Time

An interesting concept employs an organic mechanism inspired by ancient methods of keeping time.

Netherlands-based creative design firm Studio Toer has created an organic clock that serves as a tribute to the ancient methods of timekeeping. “Shaped By Time” is made up of sand and a timekeeping contraption that tells the minute and hour by dragging sand through the clock’s face. The time is obscure at first glance, but as the timekeeping mechanism continues to engage over a few days, the time becomes more readable. To refresh the sand, judt give the device a gentle shake to level the sand and erase the timekeeping pattern.

From Studio Toer:

“Shaped-by-time” is a clock that shapes itself by the passage of time. Because it’s looking for the most efficient way to move itself through the matter it will create an organic form by the slow repetitive movement of time. Time is slightly visible when the clock starts running, after a few days it excavates itself out of the matter and time will appear. From then on it slowly starts creating it’s organic form in which it will find it’s ideal shape. When you want to forget time, shake it a bit and it will start all over again with finding it’s way. Like time heals wounds, this clock literally heals itself by time.

Studio Toer

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