Anyone who has walked through New York City’s Union Square and managed to look up has seen it: A large, multi-numeral digital clock embedded on the side of a sky scraper.
The public art project known as Metronome typically counts the hours, minutes, and seconds to and from midnight. But as of Saturday, it began telling a different sort of time. It now marks the years, days, hours, minutes, and seconds that the world has to limit carbon emissions before we reach a critical tipping point.
Artists Andrew Boyd and Gan Golan reprogrammed the clock to coincide with the beginning of Climate Week in NYC. The “climate clock,” as they call it, will display on Metronome through the end of Climate Week, Sept. 27.
The “deadline” they’ve set is based on calculations from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. It is largely understood that 1.5 degrees