Entropy is a word used to describe the idea that the universe will always move in a pattern of order to disorder, and never in reverse. Humans age without getting younger, water erodes stone, and buildings decay without the ability to rebuild themselves.
In coordination with my senior thesis research project, The IDENTITY Clock was unfortunately meant to embody the concept of entropy. Employing methods found in architecture dating back hundreds of years, the intention of the clock’s material was to mimic a crumbling building’s infrastructure left in rubble.
Uprooting an individual brought to this country as a child is destructive. The vast majority of those enrolled in President Obama’s DACA program consider the United States their home and some know little of their birth country. Employing a decaying building as a metaphor, the IDENTITY clock parallels the destruction of something safe, to the lifestyles of these young immigrants cast aside by our current Presidential Administration.
The IDENTITY Clock is comprised of actual concrete and rebar. With concrete first poured in a laser cut wooden mold, then chiseled away exposing the end of the rebar structure, the piece decays further as time progresses.