Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Long Time, 2007



Long Time: An unpredictable timepiece powered by the river and sometimes the wind, began to count on April 12, 2007. It will continue indefinitely until it breaks down, or the river changes course, or the seas rise, or other inevitable circumstances stop the wheel from spinning. Although it was built with the unreasonable goal of counting the passing of time for the duration of not only our personal lives but also of our civilizations, our species, and even our planet's very existence -its real intent is to place our existence within a broader context.

Long Time is located on Pier 66 in Manhattan Island in New York City. Pier 66 is on the Hudson River between 26th and 27th street. Commissioned by the Hudson River Park Trust.