Time Immemorial is a kinetic sculpture inspired by Jean Robert-Houdin's Marvelous Orange Tree illusion and the automata of German clock makers. A mechanical tree sculpture slowly emerges and then recedes, powered by the periodic motion of a pendulum clock. The synchronized movement forges a connection between natural and artificial methods of time keeping. Furthermore, in erasing the evidence of its own past, the cyclical movement of this project rethinks the reliance on sculptures and trees as memorial objects.
Created using rapid prototyping techniques and digital fabrication equipment, Time Immemorial re-appropriates classical mechanisms to create life-like physical animation.