Fun article about architect Parker Croft’s ’72 vision of Time for One World.

Bricks and boards are the usual building blocks for Middlebury architect and sculptor Parker Croft, but one of his latest creations features minutes and hours. As the ball dropped at a New Year’s Eve party five years ago, Parker overheard a conversation about how the year starts at different times around the globe. He realized he found that idea absurd.

“When something happens in Africa, it’s happening right now, in the same time we are presently experiencing, not on a different temporal plane,” he says. “There is only one time, and the way we’re measuring it is a modern urban construct.”

A fun concept. Go here from some background reading. Best part of the article is that, although the whole project has a bit of goo-goo internationalism about it [Not that there is anything wrong with that! — ed], the criticism comes from the left.

Most commentary has been positive, he says, but the project is not without controversy. Generally, when the clocks are installed. He heard one complaint that it promoted globalization.

In other words, Croft is being a no-good imperialist to travel the globe and impose his vision of time on the innocent local populations. Or (worse?), by providing a vision of global time, Croft is leading us to recognize our common humanity and, therefore, think more globally and, presumably, act less locally. Or something.

There is just no pleasing some people, as we here at EphBlog know all too well.

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