Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Long Now Foundation Taking A Long Time To Finish 10,000-Year Clock

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you haven’t heard about the construction of a 60-foot-tall clock designed to keep time for 10,000 years, not to worry – it’ll be a long time before it’s finished anyway.

A group called The Long Now Foundation began developing the clock in 1996 and the first prototype now stands in the London Science Museum.

Alexander Rose – executive director for the Long Now Foundation – says the clock will probably be finished in “the next coming decades,” though they’re not in any rush.

“That’s the point,” he says, because the clock is meant to be “an icon for long-term thinking.”

The foundation has already purchased part of a white limestone mountain in eastern Nevada and Rose says they plan to make the clock viewing “almost a totally underground experience with holes cut in the walls to let in natural light.”

Before the project, Rose admits he never thought about the future thousands of years from now, but today he feels, “Something, someone is going to be here. Most of all the project is about hope.”

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