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January 20, 2009

Rolex Time Sand


Is that why they call it the Oyster?

"Rolex Time Sand is packed in 30 kg bags. Each bag's content equals 30 days flowing in a standard hourglass. On the 18 pallets pictured [below]


there are 972 bags with a total weight of 29.160 kg. They last for 81 years โ€” our generous estimation of an average lifetime. The image [below]


pictures the artist's lifetime already consumed: 39 years."

[via ARTMARCOVICI  and J-Walk Blog]

January 20, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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If you want 81 years you'd better add another row of pallets, the picture is only good for 71 years.

Posted by: Lance | Feb 2, 2009 9:22:50 AM

Fabulous concept, Miles. I especially like the CIA Agent wanting to be a toddler thingy, and the remnants-of-Rocketboy creature idea.
Or -- wait, wait -- extrapolating on your notion of commenting on nothing, we could all make the comments, then Joe could make the posts!

Posted by: Flautist | Feb 1, 2009 3:58:22 PM

Bev! I noticed that too. I thought that maybe it would bring up Joe's advanced posts (meaning what he might have scheduled for those days) but drew a blank just like you. How about commenting on nothing? I'd love to see that. Like sitting in front of a blank canvas and talking about what a masterpiece it is. Possible posts:

World's least expensive island

What it isn't (vs. what is it?)

Joe, for governor of Virginia

Lead plate switch cover

Bees high on Hawaiian Punch, sing commercial ditties from the 80's

I want to be a toddler CIA agent

I've donated my liver, spleen, appendix, earlobes, tonsils and everything else that makes me, me and now they call me Rocketboy

Khushwant Singh sends bookofjoe readers packing

Posted by: Back to the Future Miles | Feb 1, 2009 2:54:46 PM

Hey, while we're on the subject of the sands of time -- I'm having a Twilight Zone moment here. I just looked over at the little archives list to the right (12:58 pm, Eastern) to access the last couple days, and it lists the thrilling days of yesteryear -- 2004, like. And so, curiosity piqued, I went to "All Archives" and it goes clean up to Feb. 14! 2009! So I wanted to see what comments I had made, two weeks before I will have made them, just to give me some ideas, you know? But it was blank. Damn. I guess there's only so much bookofjoe can do, after all.

Posted by: Flautist | Feb 1, 2009 1:05:33 PM

Only at BookofJoe are readers this observant.

Posted by: Right over her head Miles | Feb 1, 2009 9:53:13 AM

Okay, I get it now. 39 years is equal to 8 pallets of sand containers, plus another 6 loosely left. The story does say that the image pictures the artist's lifetime already consumed, which are the sand containers that we see, not the ones that have disappeared. The sands of time were restored... in my head at least.

Posted by: ME | Feb 1, 2009 7:37:22 AM

I was thinking that I was a tad bit crazy because I counted the bags also, but I came to the same conclusion. Too many bags are already gone for the artist's lifetime of 39 years. Put back the sands of time!....

Posted by: ME | Feb 1, 2009 7:22:45 AM

Hmm, there are 18 bags on the first picture for 80 years. And 40 years are not 9 but nearly 8 bags? That looks not right for me.

Posted by: Henson | Jan 23, 2009 12:40:17 PM

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