The installation has this week started for the 10,000 Year Clock which has been backed by Amazon’s CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. To provide a timepiece powered by day and night thermal cycles with time synchronised to the solar noon. The foundations for the 10,000 Year Clock consists of a 12½ foot diameter, 500-foot deep vertical shaft in the Sierra Diablo Mountain Range.
The 10,000 Year Clock has been designed by Danny Hillis, and has been constructed to run for ten millennia with minimal maintenance and interruption. The Clock is powered by mechanical energy harvested from sunlight as well as visitors to the site. The primary materials used in the Clock construction are marine grade 316 stainless steel, titanium and dry running ceramic ball bearings.
The latest update was announced via a Tweet from Jeff Bezo with a video of the installation process underway. The 10,000 year clock project has been started to provide a symbol for” long-term thinking” and is under the guidance of designer Danny Hillis and Zander Rose together with the Clock workforce. Check out the video embedded below to learn more about the project.
“The full scale 10,000 Year Clock is now under construction. While there is no completion date scheduled, we do plan to open it to the public once it is ready. The essay below by Long Now board member Kevin Kelly discusses what we hope the Clock will be once complete. This is one of several projects by Long Now to foster long-term thinking in the context of the next 10,000 years.”
For more details on the Long Now Foundation and the 10,000 Year Clock jump over to the official website by following the link below
Installation has begun—500 ft tall, all mechanical, powered by day/night thermal cycles, synchronized at solar noon, a symbol for long-term thinking—the #10000YearClock is coming together thx to the genius of Danny Hillis, Zander Rose & the whole Clock team! Enjoy the video. pic.twitter.com/FYIyaUIbdJ
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) 20 February 2018