union square numbers

established in 1999, i have walked by these numbers on the building in union square countless times.  until this week, by the time i get home, i completely forget about my intention to look online to find out just exactly what the numbers represent.

union square clock

as a public service to all new yorkers with adhd, i offer the following straight from wikipedia:

On the left side of the work is a set of fifteen large LED digits, called “The Passage”, which display the time in24-hour format. The seven leftmost digits show the time in conventional 24-hour format, as hours (2 digits), minutes (2 digits), seconds (2 digits), tenths of a second (1 digit). The seven rightmost digits display the amount of time remaining in a 24-hour day, as tenths of a second (1 digit), seconds (2 digits), minutes (2 digits), hours (2 digits). The center digit represents hundredths of a second, and appears as a blur.

For instance, if the clock reads “195641188180304” (as in the picture at right), it means that time is 19:56 (7:56 PM) and 41.1 seconds, and that there are 04 hours, 03 minutes, and 18.8 seconds remaining in the day.  (wikipedia)

“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going”
 Tennessee Williams

4 responses to “union square numbers

  1. I’ve never seen that clock – most difficult to use.

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  2. I thought it was my credit card balance….

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