Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Longer Day, 1997


MATERIALS: Digital Video, originally shot in Hi8.

    I woke up at dawn in Brooklyn, New York, got in my car, and headed west. I drove as far west as I could until sundown. Speeding towards the sun would extend my day, perhaps for as much as an hour. I was on a straight and flat highway somewhere in the middle of the United States when the sun began to set on the horizon. At that point, I turned on the video camera to capture the end of my race against the sun, and my futile attempt to make the day last forever. I did however succeed in extending the sunset a minute longer than if I had stood still.