The Lines of History Depicted in a 10,000-Pound Glass Sculpture at the Liberty Science Center

The Liberty Science Center has a program called Big Art. It’s been going on for 30 years, and for its 30th anniversary the sculptor Dustin Yellin stepped up in excellent form. He created a piece called The Politics of Eternity it’s 10,000 pounds and explores historical time over seven columns. Here’s more from COLOSSAL:

He spent around 20,000 hours—that’s about 834 days!—painstakingly composing tiny details between sheets of laminated glass. One section portrays a fictive community gathered around an ancient totem, followed by a society of the future in which its denizens don jet packs within a “techno-metropolis” that rises up around a rocket ship. From each of these areas, waterfalls feed into a central world full of tall ships, supertankers, rafts, and drones.

Rather than a linear expression of time, a mashup of technologies, climates, and terrain merge seamlessly into one another. By portraying the past, present, and future simultaneously, Yellin prompts viewers to consider the interconnectivity of all time periods and how our actions in the past and today will continue to influence the future.

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