Conceptual artist and author Jonathon Keats is introducing the Atlanta River Time challenge, a brand new municipal clock for the metro space primarily based on the stream of the Chattahoochee River, Peachtree Creek and different native waterways.
The challenge goals to alter Atlantans’ perspective on time, the pure setting, and the affect of recent human existence on each.
“We will overcome dehumanization and environmental devastation by calibrating our lives in keeping with private observations of seasonal adjustments in our pure environment,” Keats stated in a press launch.
His answer is to redefine time not simply when it comes to individuals’s lives but additionally primarily based on ecology.
River Time challenge organizers say Atlanta could also be ripe for a shift in desirous about rivers and time. “Atlanta was constructed across the railroad somewhat than the river,” stated Keats. “It’s a business-first city that was based and continues to be pushed to make the trains run on time. Though lately it’s extra about UPS vehicles, Delta jets and Amazon Prime supply.”
Keats delivered the primary model of River Time in Anchorage, Alaska in 2020, by making a digital Alaska River Time clock metered by glacial soften’s affect on regional rivers.
Now, numerous Atlanta organizations tied to the river and humanities are collaborating to deliver Keats and his various time-reckoning techniques to Georgia’s capital metropolis. That features nonprofit arts group Flux Tasks and the South Fork Conservancy, which works to revive the banks of the South Fork of Peachtree Creek, amongst others.
On Monday, June 14, a roundtable discussion will kick off the multi-year effort. Keats will be a part of Ryan Gravel, the visionary behind the Atlanta Beltline and founding father of city design consultancy agency Sixpitch; Jodi Mansbach of Chattahoochee NOW; and Jennifer Bauer-Lyons of Serenbe Institute for Artwork, Tradition & the Setting.