Discussion about clocks is nothing new in here. Every other time we keep sharing different forms of the digital and analog clocks brought forward by various designers around the world. What we have today is in itself a gigantic project, not only in scale but in terms of engineering, complexity, functioning, working span, human effort and correlation as well. It is a clock titled the 10,000 Year Clock that is to be built in a mountain in West Texas to show time for 10,000 years!
Conceptualized by Danny Hillis, he thought of a clock that “ticks once a year, where the century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium.” Research and experiments for about more than two decades have finally resulted in development of the actual clock parts.
Work is also in progress in the mountain that includes passages leading to the clock with “five room-sized anniversary chambers: 1 year, 10 year, 100 year, 1,000 year, and 10,000 year anniversaries. The one year anniversary chamber is a special orrery” which will depict various landmark events in addition to the planetary system. While thoughts are still in works for the 10th anniversary chamber, the plans for rest of the chambers are being left to the future generation.
Yes, you could visit the clock when complete but as stated by Jeff Bezos, also involved in the project, it would be tough. A drive that is miles away from the airport and thereafter, on foot, any visitor would have to cope up with the rough terrain that rises “almost 2,000 feet above the valley floor“. To visit the extraordinary clock or to learn more hop on to 10000yearclock.