Aluna junio 11, 2010Posted by christian saucedo in Other projects.
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An idea not yet realized, but one which looks spectacular — hey, if it’s a translucent glass sculpture, with the added benefit of being a moon clock, I’m all for Aluna. According to the BBC, London plans to build it by 2012, in time for their Olympic Games.
Laura Williams… explained that the clock would be powered by the tides from the Thames.
“There are three giant concentric rings made from recycled glass,” she told me. “Light shines through from the glass in time with the Moon’s cycles so the largest ring shows the lunar phase. Gradually the light waxes on all the way around the ring and connects full circle when it’s full Moon.
“The second ring is like the big hand of the clock. It’s a marker of light that tracks the Moon around the globe so that’s the lunar day cycle.
“The third ring – the smallest – is the small hand that tracks the tide as it goes from high tide to low.”
Many of the world’s cultures have their own lunar-based calendars.
Dr Usama Hasan is a Muslim astronomer. He believes that in this age of iPods and atomic clocks, there is a greater need than ever for an older way of measuring time.
“For practical purposes, calculating the exact time is the way forward of course,” he said, “but I think you lose a a lot of spirit to the way the world works.
“That’s why I don’t wear a watch and I still judge time, especially the daily prayer times from light and darkness.
“Aluna is a project which tries to connect us back to the cosmic cycle, with nature. I think that’s very important especially in the very technological age we live in.”
The project is more than a gleam in the eye of these artists and scientists.
According to Laura Williams, a number of large corporations have offered their help.