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World’s Largest Timepiece By Jim Bowers At Burning Man Festival

Question asked by kunal in #Coffee Room on Aug 5, 2011
kunal · Aug 5, 2011
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Burning man festival held in Black Rock Desert, Nevada every year brings the best of art, technology and gadgets together. With this year’s theme being ‘Rites of Passage’ artist Jim Bowers has decided to create what will be the world’s biggest timepiece as per the Guinness book of world records. The arts and tech enthusiast told that he’s been planning for this “burning time” project for the past three years and now finally has the chance to implement it. There’s not a shred of doubt that Jim’s going to showcase a masterpiece as he’s been doing on for the past 14 years at the Burning Man festival. In last year’s edition he put on display a 40-foot carbon wire frame with giant animated eyes which he named the “Eyes of Gawd”. The visitors at this year’s burning man will see the whole festival arena being in the form of a laser driven 1 mile wide clock.

A schematic of world's largest timepiece

Bowers has collaborated with a few experts to create this awesome combination of art and technology that will enthrall the audience for the 8 days. The festival is already fully booked and will be inaugurated on 29<sup>th</sup> August. You will be surprised by the sheer size of this giant of a clock. It will be having a diameter of nearly one mile, circumference reaching 3.25 miles with second, hour and minute hands hanging above on centrally located tower. The hands will hang some 40 odd feet above the visitors’ heads. The entire inner playa area of the festival ground will be occupied by the clock in the Black Rock City, Nev. Beyond this area, there will be twelve 22 feet towers standing in a perfect circle indicating the hours of the clock’s face. The 1Mile Clock is supposed to be a highly accurate thing and is correct up to 2000th fraction of a second!

Bowers, who lives in Sacramento, has selected 67 skilled experts to help him in this project. The clock’s centerpiece design and programming of its powerful laser will be supervised by a team of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory researchers including Marc Hertlein, Russell Wilcox and Tim Black. Besides this many other artists will be contributing to build this massive structure.

Source: Physorg  Image: The Tribe  Posted in: #Coffee Room

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