Beating Time, 2010

Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavek, Iceland

Photographic Duraclears

Dimensions variable


For the Hallgrimskirkja's site project, Beating Time, transparent photographic work will be adhered to the four translucent clock faces in the church's bell tower. The 9-ft diameter clocks align with the four major compass points; north, south, east, and west. The interior clock faces are made of translucent glass. In the central section, a connected series of photographic images, taken on Iceland's Outer Ring road, depict a hand holding quotidian objects such as wires and glass shards which suggest by their placement physical and perhaps metaphoric alignments with the sun and the surrounding landscape.

The images selected for the segmented windows surrounding each clock's core reference early 20th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge's sequenced action photographs of a conductor's hands (also entitled "Beating Time"), and the evangelical basis of Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran doctrine. Giving a contemporary and real life aspect to the work will be the incorporation of photographed hands of the reverends and musical conductor of the church arranged to simulate the "conducting" of the church's most well know hymn by founder, Hallgrimur Peturssón.





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