What is time?
Time is constant. Time is universal. Time is eternal. Time is fleeting. Some have too much of it, other’s not enough. We are always looking to kill it, save it, make it, or bottle it.
Time is a concept that touches all of humanity, one of the few commonalities everyone shares. Say the words: “Time flies” to anyone, of any background and they will smile and nod sagely, their eyes alight with understanding. It’s no wonder that artists of all stripes attempt to capture it through their work.
Eldon Garnet is no different. His work, Time: and a Clock attempts to capture the illusiveness of time. The first installation of this piece, on the Queen Street Viaduct, uses a timepiece to demonstrate how we measure time. In his second installation, found at the crossroads of Broadview Avenue and Queen Street East, Garnet tries to show how we attempt to take time and turn it into something concrete that we can touch or manipulate, to formalize it. He also shows us the consequences of focussing too much quantifying time, instead of living in it, by playing catch up and ultimately running out altogether.
The title for this piece is taken from Time in a Bottle, by the wonderful Jim Croce, who really deserved all the time in the world.