Making Time

Philip Andelman’s meditation on the manufacturing process of the hourglass. Designed by Marc Newson’s for Ikepod, it is made from borosilicate glass and filled with millions of stainless steel “nanoballs”. Adnelman filmed this at the Glaskeller factory in Basel, Switzerland and the entire process is fascinating — a hypnotic sequence of whirling machinery and fire set to Philip Glass’s “Opening”. It’s so fascinating, in fact, that I almost wish there was some exposition if only to explain just how they measure out the aforementioned nanoballs so that each glass accurately metes out its allotted dosage of time.

Via Bioephemera : Brainiac

5 Responses to “Making Time”

  1. Tertiary Says:

    Beautiful work.

  2. idv85 Says:

    that was lovely…thank you

  3. Aidan Says:

    I think that they probably just eyeball it and then add or subtract nanoballs if it takes too long or not long enough.

  4. Meredith Yayanos Says:

    This is incredibly (unexpectedly) lovely. Thanks, Ross!

  5. Vancext Says:

    Fantastic little film. Totally reminds me of Bert Haanstra’s Glas, which is also beautiful:–ZLCoI