Tempus Timepieces

Submitted by Ben Rousseau

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Client: Ben Rousseau Design

Location: San Jose, CA, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $10,000

Project Team

Industry Resource

Kevin Hill

K2 Associates

Industry Resource

James Sirmon

Sirmon Industries

Artist

Ben Rousseau

Overview

In an age when time has never been so precious we wanted to celebrate its importance by creating a more beautiful way of representing it. “Tempus” meaning Time in Latin is our new state of the art timepiece collection.

Each piece is primarily a kinetic artwork that doubles as a futuristic clock with out the usual construction methods to represent the time. Tempus uses state of the art digital LED’s that illuminate three different formations of segments in sequence to collectively represent a 12 hour time path.

Goals

Rousseau's goal in creating Tempus Timepieces was to create a functional piece of art which functioned as representing time. The goal was to evoking a feeling that, in this world where we are all "time poor", take the moment to look at the time "tick" by.

Process

Rousseau worked with a leading special effects and sci-fi prop maker to make the vision of Tempus become a reality. Working together, they coded the clock, creating technology which meant that the lights from the time piece would integrate into its environment. Tempus uses state of the art digital LED’s that illuminate three different formations of segments in sequence to collectively represent a 12 hour time path. The central ring is the seconds units, once all 60 units illuminate then the first in the minutes ring illuminates. Once all 60 minutes segments illuminate the first hour segment will illuminate and the cycle continues. This classic Tempus in circular formation at 910mm diameter is offered as both a wall hung option and floor standing option in a broad range of luxury materials with customisable light patterns and colours.