Chronophage reminder that time is not on our side
Speaking about the approaching winter solstice on Sunday December 21, Dr John C Taylor OBE, inventor and creator of the famous Corpus Chronophage, has said that ‘it is a sobering reminder that time is not on your side’.
In terms of astronomy the winter solstice is, in the northern hemisphere, the moment at which the sun is furthest south. For ancient people, such as the builders of Stonehenge, the winter solstice was a very important day, as it marked the point at which the days would become longer.
The inevitability of time was one of the driving themes behind the creation of the Chronophage, a large and iconic clock that is embedded in the wall of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
It features a formidable grasshopper which slams its jaws shut at the end of each minute, representing the fact that it is gone forever. The word ‘Chronophage’ means ‘time-eater’ in Ancient Greek.
Dr Taylor, who lives in a house that he designed himself on the Isle of Man, said, “When you’re in your seventies, you realise that time is limited, time is not on your side, and it’s slightly scary.
“Everyone’s experience of time is unique and personal. The clock speeds up, slows down and even stops, which is representative of the way in which time is not always constant.”
Although the clock is irregular, it shows the correct time once every five minutes.
Dr Taylor also recently designed the Dragon Chronophage, which features a Chinese dragon and will be exhibited in China at the Design Shanghai event from March 27-30 2015. The dragon itself is an Anglo-Chinese creation, having been designed in tandem with Professor Long of Hangzhou Art University.
Author Tom Evans, who has written a number of books on creativity and the nature of thought, said, “The Corpus Chronophage is a brilliant representation of something that we all know – that time can speed up and slow down depending on what we are doing.
“Through my own experience with meditative techniques, I have found that a person can control, to a certain extent, the rate at which time passes.
Tom, who has been described as a ‘Temporal Alchemist’ and a wizard of light bulb moments by his clients, has begun a new movement called ‘Living Timefully‘.
Living Timefully is time management with mindfulness at its core. Tom has developed a self-study course and a number of practical workshops where people learn how to bend and stretch time. The Living Timefully self-study course is also available free of charge to people with life-threatening illnesses.
A video of the Corpus Chronophage can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCqGtvTA36k
A video of De Taylor speaking about the Chronophage can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAA5UPzBjc4&list=PLSXfBft0Em…