80,000 Lights of Watch Parts
During Milan Design Week 2014, Citizen and architect Tsuyoshi Tane (DGT) collaborated on their “Best Entertaining” and “Best Sound” award winning installation LIGHT is TIME. The piece was so successful it was re shown in Japan at The Aoyama Spiral in Tokoyo.
The installation is a vast de-assembly of 80,000 watch base plates strung up and lit to produce a beautiful illuminated space of golden light.
The artists talk about their installation by saying, “Time is light. If there were no light, then there would be no time. In the 20th century mankind digitized time, measured it and continued to economize our time, until eventually we forgot about its relationship with essence of light. Without light we never would have had the wonders of the universe, the richness of our planet or the joy and pleasure of our life.”
“We envision a space-orchestration where light will fill the space, composing, through sound and vision, a sense of light and time never experienced by humanity before. In this exhibition, we have created a space of light and excavated within it three primary volumes to exhibit everything from CITIZEN’s first pocket watch as the company’s origin, through to the latest satellite watches.”Suspended from the ceiling, the golden watch base plates, the basic component of watches, are reminiscent of droplets of suspended rain. The sense of suspended animation conveys the idea of time and timelessness. It’s when time stops that you become most conscious of it.”