We used different states of water as the inspiration different time units. Water drops dripping into a bamboo kakei represent "seconds", mountains gradually filled with vapor represent "minutes" and the frost that slowly forms icepicks represents "hours". Through dynamic states of water, we present a poetic way to experience the flow of time."
We gave the seconds' motion a metaphor of water drops dripping and built a structure resembling a water garden. Within the view, there are piling stones and a highlight of a bamboo kakei. One water drop dripping into the kaikei symbolizes one second passing by. Sixty seconds later, the kakei will pour out the water it has collected and bounce back with a crystal-clear sound, announcing a minute has passed.
We interpreted the minute's motion into a relationship of mountains and mist. Each mountain represents ten minutes. From the shortest to the tallest, there is a sequential order within these mountains. The shortest peak will be filled with mist in the first ten minutes, and the tallest will be the last. Within an hour, all mountains will be filled, referring to a natural scene of mist growing thicker and thicker. It will gradually stop filling up, and the mist will start fading away, clearing the air in reference to a natural mountain scene.
We chose ice picks as our main focus and set the object up for a twelve hour motion. Starting at 12 pm, the frost gradually begins to cover the brass pick's root and continues to thicken into ice. Twelve hours later, at 12 am, it stops freezing and starts to melt, hinting at an end of a day. The water then turns into frost all over again, and a new day begins.