The hourglass from another time
LAPS: a journey through time – here and now
LAPS is a modern take on the traditional hourglass that gives us the opportunity to literally take control of time. From the top of their 7.8 feet (2.33 meters), the 6 giant modules invite the public to change time by turning the steering wheel at their desired pace, in one direction or the other, and to take another look at their perception of time. Time catchers are rewarded with a sound and light experience that inspires immediate wonder.
Take control for a full lap of LAPS; hold your breath, sing a song, clap your hands, propose marriage, do whatever inspires you. Everyone gets to choose the time they want to spend here; this passage of time is truly yours!
A little history
Commonly hourglasses measure the time it takes to boil eggs or to take turns during board games. In the Middle Ages, the hourglass was used to limit the time for sermons and university lectures. Did you know that in the navy, it was used on board ships to measure their speed, time the length of watches, and even sometimes to measure the full duration of a voyage?
The hourglass has traveled through time and over the centuries reinvented itself. LAPS was born out of a reflection on the uncontrollable nature of the passing of time. In a world where everything is going faster and faster, where people run desperately after time, LAPS offers a different take on the individual and collective perception of time. Here everyone gets to tame time to the same end: to be fully in the moment.