The light installation ‘Time in space, space in time’is a giant human sundial and
provides us with an experience of our relationship with the sun.
In a classic sundial the source of shadow is usually a metallic rod, called the ‘style’
and is used for the measurement of time. In this human sundial the metal style is
replaced by individual participants. The shadow everyone casts on the ground indicates
his or her finite lifetime in the great scheme of the solar system. The light sculpture
‘Time in space, space in time’ provides us with an opportunity to experience our
‘time in space’ slipping away, highlighted with the gradual movement of the shadow.
The style, in the centre of the stainless-steel sundial of the ‘Time in space, space
in time’ light installation, supports the participants when they lie parallel to
the earth’ axis, the axis through the earth’s poles. A dial is mounted perpendicular
to the style on the height of participants’ eye-level. The 2 m Ø dial represents
the biggest circumference of our planet Earth, the Equator. While individuals’ eyesight
is protected from the intensity of the sun with a Mylar filter, the participants
can see from the centre of their world beyond the Equator and observe safely the
motion of the sun. Since the beginning of time the daily path of the sun across the
sky has indicated time. Participants of the ‘Time in space, space in time’ installation
can personally experience the infinity of time. The light installation ‘Time in space,
space in time’ wants to remind all of us that we take up a small ‘space in time’.