As we get older we tend to feel that time passes more
and more quickly. The purpose of this device is to illustrate this sensation
by reproducing the segments of a standard life span. An aluminum suitcase
houses a metal panel with neon numbers which recall those of an electric
alarm-clock set at 9:30. A micro-controller placed inside the suitcase
makes the numbers flash continually in a series of accelerating intervals.
Every blink represents a day. Bearing in mind that a month in the life
of a two year old child constitutes a large part of his/her life, and
that one month in the life of a seventy-five year old person represents
a very small portion of his/her life, the blinking is progressively accelerated
until the numbers seem to be permanently lit. Near the end of the sequence,
the speed of the blinking is such that the lights fade completely from
view. After this, the next sequence begins, with slight variations in
relation to the first, corresponding to a different life span.