On a recent visit to the High Museum in Atlanta, I was able to experience the Hourglass exhibit created by Daniel Arsham. It was actually pretty neat. I had missed the chance to go on a previous visit to Atlanta so it was one of the first things on my to do list.
The exhibit was located across the bridge in one of the buildings attached to the museum, separated by two floors. On one floor, there was the focal point of the exhibit. A blue house situated on a platform surrounded by blue sand. Inside hung a white house coat with a rake, that I hear is used on Sundays by an actual person. Off to the side was a purple hallway that lead to a room, decorated with purple foam balls for days. Situated inside of the room was a mirror with a light for you to see once you arrived. The perfect set up for a selfie.
The final stop of the exhibit was located on the second floor of the building where there were several hourglasses and a keyboard covered in blue sand on display. Each of the hourglasses were unique, with different objects inside. I only took a picture of one (photographed above) because it stood out to me the most. Situated at the base of it was a camera.
Cameras help us to capture our favorite moments. Celebrating a birthday? Take a snapshot. Having a good hair day? Take a snap shot. Introducing a new addition to the family? Take a snap shot. On the flip side, cameras also help us to capture not so favorable moments (as proof of an indiscretion or even aid in the recovery process of many different situations).
Whatever life may be throwing at you, more than likely there is a camera ready and waiting to capture that moment. Nowadays everyone has one at their disposal. Ready to document all of our successes and failures. Flip over any cell phone, tablet, laptop or walk in any store and you’ll find one. There’s no escaping the availability of cameras around today.
Although cameras are present to document your every move, at any given moment, they will never replace actually being present. It’s something about actually being somewhere with those you love or experiencing something new that a photograph can never replace. When you combine both the camera and the hourglass on display, you can’t help but think of 1) all of the memories you cant wait to create or 2) all of the memories lost.
The hourglass alone represents time. You flip it over and the clock starts ticking. We’re all given one life to live with an abundance of opportunities at our disposal. When you look into the hourglass what do you see? How will you make use of your time? If there is one thing I’ve learned for sure, you can never get wasted time back. There are people, places and things out there waiting for you to explore them.
Hope this helps someone!
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