Project Info

The time is ticking

20 cm x 20 cm x 30 cm

Wood and golden base



We humans are perishable, mortal beings, our skin will wrinkle, we shrink, and eventually our body breaks itself down. Eventually future generations will not remember of our existence as individuals. This is exactly what will happen to ‘The Time is Ticking’.

We researched how many woodworms it would take to devour the wooden casing in more or less eighty years (which reflects the average life expectancy of an owner). When the timepiece drops from the demolished casing, it causes the connection to the winding mechanism to break and stops the clock. 

In this work, popular advertising claims like ‘this product will last you a lifetime’ are juxtaposed to the biblical aphorism ‘Vanity of vanities! All is vanity’, which points to the shallowness of things that are not what they seem, and do not perform what they promise.