The banners themselves are easily lost in the landscape of the park. They are obscured by tree branches and sunlight. Depending on the weather conditions, you may notice some, all, or none of them. The other challenge to the work is that in order to read Garnet’s poem in its proper order, you have to reverse your path. The art forces you to stop, change direction and face the entirety of Time: and a Clock in order to take in its final message. Essentially, you are looking back at a time that’s past. It’s damn clever.
Your experience of Time: and a Clock changes depending on a variety of factors. Depending on the direction you’re walking, which side of the street you are on, how you move through the Queen/Broadview intersection, or whether you experience it in whole or in part, you will encounter the piece from a different point of view. Much the way as we experience time itself, the ever-changing perspective is what gives this piece its power.
The final word of the piece, Returning, is also a nod to the cyclic nature of time. We are all familiar with the expression “History repeats itself”. The inclusion of Returning is meant to not only reflect this truth, but it is an invitation to the viewer to go back to the beginning, back to the bridge so that they can experience Time: and a Clock anew.
Enjoy this brief video from The Toronto Star of Eldon Garnet talking about Time: and a Clock.
The title for this installment comes from the immortal Rolling Stones’ tune, Time is On My Side