*Can you make a timepiece with mere elemental forces?
Align is an entirely mechanical chronograph that lets you measure a specific span of time. Since the challenge was to create without using electricity, this time-keeper runs on the gravitational force. The piece takes its inspiration from the domino effect and depicts the same in form of a cascading wave. It is a physical representation of the passing time. It beckons you to re-look at time by making you aware of its transient nature with the visual and auditory cues.
Various types of wood were tried during the experiment. Balsa, one of the lightest, least dense woods was chosen as it produced a soft delightful sound.
The time measured depends upon various physical parameters like the height at which this object is placed (gravitational force- potential energy), the weight of the piece attached, the radius of the pulley, friction, the size of the bars etc.
This elemental chronograph was imagined as a tiny table-top accessory that would let you count a set number of minutes. This is a 4x scale model of the same.
This project was done during during an exchange programme at the Hochschule Pforzheim, Germany. Language barrier led to a range of challenges from material procurement in a new city to prototyping in the workshop, handling German machines. The project could not have been completed without the help from Nadine, Madlen, Dimitris & Nick.