The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, but only in some places at specific times the sun will set and rise exact opposite of each other.
The Black Rock Hourglass captures such a moment in space and time during the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada.
Two big circles catch the sun while it sets and rises as two giant irises, at the same time a large monolith between the two irises of the installation captures 24 hours of life at the playa in a time lapse.
After dark this condensed piece of time is projected on the rings of the installation, creating the hallucinating image as if a slice of space is moving in a different time frame, like a hole in space and time.
When the sun rises one one site of the installation it sets on the other side and the other way around, when it’s day on one side the other side shows night time, like the sand in a classic hourglass fills one half while it’s emptying the other side, the Black Rock Hourglass dims it s the light on one side while the other side slowly fills with light in a continuous circle of days and nights.