CELESTIAL CLOCKWORK:

Herschel McShougle's Dream of Ten Thousand Years

Herschel McShougle was named after astronomer and experimental photographer Sir John Herschel, but everyone knew him as "Bob". In Astoria, Oregon at the turn-of-the-century, Bob was the town clockmaker who in 1867 envisioned the measure of time in a wholly unprecedented way-he set out to build a clock that would keep time for ten thousand years.

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  • SIX6JEWEL
    archival pigment print, 40"x42", faithfully captured in 2012
    from the Historical Archive of Herschel McShougle

  • Wind and Drive
    archival pigment print, 29"x31", faithfully captured in 2012
    from the Historical Archive of Herschel McShougle

  • Artifacts from the Historical Archive of Herschel McShougle
    (clockmaker's instruments, sketches for the decamillenial clock,
    timepieces and his favorite bow tie)
    Recovered by the Society for Nebulous Knowledge in 2012

  • A century and a half after McShougle's Dream of the 10,000 year clock, the Long Now Foundation is building it. The Orrery Clock, an apparatus showing the relative positions and motions of celestial bodies, corresponds directly to McShougle's insights about "planetary time."

  • FS
    archival pigment print, 40"x42", faithfully captured in 2012
    from the Historical Archive of Herschel McShougle

  • Services
    archival pigment print, 29"x31", faithfully captured in 2012
    from the Historical Archive of Herschel McShougle

  • A Very Small Solar System
    archival pigment print, 29"x31", faithfully captured in 2012
    from the Historical Archive of Herschel McShougle

  • Hebdomas Half Moon
    archival pigment print, 40"x42", faithfully captured in 2012
    from the Historical Archive of Herschel McShougle

  • E23
    archival pigment print, 29"x31", faithfully captured in 2012
    from the Historical Archive of Herschel McShougle

  • Old Molly
    archival pigment print, 29"x31", faithfully captured in 2012
    from the Historical Archive of Herschel McShougle

  • EIGHT8DAY
    archival pigment print, 40"x42", faithfully captured in 2012
    from the Historical Archive of Herschel McShougle

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