Day and Night

Day and Night: - understanding the daily rhythms of time, through an interactive hologram:

It is usually the case that one’s daily rhythms are guided by the movements of the sun – the regularities of sunrise and sunset working as templates for our everyday activities. It is also true that once dark, the world goes into a slumber, certainly in the countryside. And with some regularity even in the city. Our habits form from largely daytime rhythms. And with nightfall we lose our bearings with the outside world.
'Nature Restored' is a cautionary tale of Man's excesses, where the floor graphics start with the journey of species as footprints of living beings on the garden of earth through the steps of time, only to be met with the destructive nature of Man's tendencies and marked by the unfortunate elimination and exhaustion of life forms that were of either extractive value or simply an irritant to one's existence. Just as the sun works like a clock in the daytime, is there something that could work at night? Like the sun, which is Nature’s gift to all living beings, can we find something that could work like a night clock?

Welcome to the world of the Owl Clock - our answer to a nighttime time-keeper who unfailingly wakes up with dark. It is the bird we forget to remember because it stays out of sight.
The Owl Clock’s appeal lies in its being a binary opposite to the sun. When the sun is up, the owl is asleep. When the sun sets, the owl wakes up. Being in the domain of tangible interaction, the user interacts with a physical globe, lit by a light source (the sun). And then, based on the touch and rotational gestures on the globe, the owl changes behavior. In the process, the user interacts with the owl, understanding its behavior revolving around its sleep cycle.
The Owl Clock as a companion to the Sun Clock also becomes our tribute to scientists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbach and Michael W. Young who were recently acknowledged for their discoveries of the molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythms, and conferred the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2017.
This highlights the importance of body clocks bred by Nature’s rhythms. By presenting the owl, iconic in its appearance with those large round eyes, we tap into the culturally mediated place that the owl has in our pantheon of birds and animals, not forgetting that it is also Goddess Laxmi’s consort.


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