Four years ago, a mysterious clock appeared in the middle of New York. Now, it is finally going dark.
In the summer of 2017, a giant, red neon clock was installed on the side of a building at Queen’s Waterfront. It was the work of artist Matthew Barney, whose studio was also located in the same building. The work was a creation of him, Brandon Stosuy (curator), Jane Lea (architect), Jade Archuleta-Gans (fabricator) and Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn (light designer). But what did this 25-feet clock really signify?
Known as the “Remains Board“, the clock mentioned the remaining time in the presidency of Donald Trump. Barney installed it in 2017 as a reminder that this too shall end. It was also a testament for the patience of the general public. Anticipating Trump’s behaviour, Barney also programmed the clock to jump to 0, in case Trump’s term ended before 4 years.
While that didn’t come to pass, the countdown is almost over now. The clock reads “1” at the time this article was written, signifying the last day of Trump’s term. Tomorrow, when Joe Biden takes oath as the new President of the United States, the clock will go dark at last.
For many New Yorkers, the clock has remained a source of mystery for years. Many considered it akin to a “doomsday clock”, denoting the time before the apocalypse occurs. Fortunately, Barney only wanted his clock as a civic project for the public. While it might go dark tomorrow, it will remain illuminated in the legends of the New York City.