The Timewheel is the world's largest hourglass to be installed in the heart of Hungary's capital, Budapest. A unique work of art, the Timewheel is built of enduring materials such as granite, stainless steel and glass, so that it can function for decades, even centuries, to come.
A fusion of an ancient time-measuring method and 21st century technology (including a computer-aided mechanism that precisely controls the flow of sand), the Timewheel's primary function is not to measure time as much as to portray it. A visually striking, ageless symbol, the Timewheel will depict Time's monumentality, its infinite movement, a streaming, unbroken continuity. [...]
Once every year, on December 31st, the Timewheel will be turned a half circle (always in the same direction) so the upper chamber becomes the lower one and the flowing of the sand can resume and continue for the next year. The turning will be done by manual power, with no engines of any kind, but instead with cables and a simple mechanism, in order to remind us of the many thousands of years past when moving objects of large size involved only human strength and ingenuity.
[...] located at the edge of City Park, just behind Kunsthalle Budapest, on open ground where one can easily observe the continuous flow of sand inside the Timewheel and take in all its aspects: its practical and artistic, concrete and abstract, playful and contemplative dimensions."
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