Chronophage on Trumpington Street in Cambridge

It’s beautiful with its blue LEDs and gold covering. I watched from a distance as people stopped to stare at the beauty of motion and the intricate details of the clock.

At some point there is the realization that the grasshopper at the top is eating time as if it is a delicacy; and, its appetite is voracious. As you stand there watching… it continues to eat away at your life until you notice it’s just eaten the last 5-minutes — 5-minutes you will never get back. It’s a reminder to move on.

Chronophage was the brainchild of John Taylor and sits at the junction of Bene’t Street and Trumpington Street in Cambridge, UK.

“Basically I view time as not on your side. He’ll eat up every minute of your life, and as soon as one has gone he’s salivating for the next. It’s not a bad thing to remind students of. I never felt like this until I woke up on my 70th birthday, and was stricken at the thought of how much I still wanted to do, and how little time remained.” — John Taylor, The Guardian

It’s also interesting to see this new work of art nestled amongst centuries-old buildings — as if it’s an extra reminder of how short our involvement is in history.

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