As an artist and designer, every design choice has purpose; there is a reason for a piece's shape, flow, pattern, color and so on. This clock's elements are full of symbolism. The spiral represents a life cycle, where the perception of time is abundant when one is younger but aggressively fleeting and getting smaller as we get older or realize that our time is limited. As a result of our increased awareness of time's fragility, moments with friends and family take priority. The warm, almost glowing color of mahogany makes it a desirable choice to represent life. It is carved to resemble a raked Zen garden symbolizing a peaceful calm. The spiral is precariously resting on one side emphasizing the instability of life's balance.

The vines that grow up and around the spiral represent the choking and overwhelming feelings that attempting to control time can bring about. The vines continually split like our time line, which breaks down in a very specific manner. Animals rely on the same influences as we do, for example, the sun and the moon; however, their internal clock is approximating, not exact, thus the choice to not have a clock dial. Time constraints and demands can often ruin moments with friends and family. Like vines growing on a brick wall, time can interrupt the natural pattern of special moments. Controlled time smothers the moments that rarely recur. Time keeps moving forward, never backward; how one spends his time can come with great regret, especially if one does not value his activities. Time, like growing vines, can smother us and interrupt the natural pattern of life's moments. Moments are valuable and should not be taken for granted.

My cousin and a colleague died this year from cancer. Both were only a few years older than I and both left behind a wife and several children. This clock, consequently, is dedicated to their lives. While I sacrificed many moments with my family to build this clock, my hope is that this tangible art piece can inspire people to focus more on the moment. The epiphany is that it's not about the time, but the precious moments, which are less predictable, but certainly attainable.

Dimensions: 70" high x 24" wide x 18" deep

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