This year, as 2012 ticks away the final year of the Mayan Calendar, and visions apocalyptic or euphoric fill our imaginations; we will explore the many embodiments of Time.
The sound of ticking seconds reassures us of the continuity of our universe, a mechanical heartbeat, definite yet infinite.
But how well do we know Time?
We think of time as immutable, yet we know it to be elastic. Some moments pass with glacial slowness, as others speed past us. It bends and stretches, like Dali's drooping watches and Einstein's speeding trains.
We think of time as intangible, yet we can know it only through physical forms: swinging pendulums or orbiting celestial bodies.
We think of time as infinite, yet modern physicists tell the story of its beginning, and ancient calendar-makers tell of its end.
With all this in mind, this year’s Parade will be lead by a host of temporal entities. Clockwork White Rabbits will keep time for the procession, as winged alarm clocks sail overhead, incarnating Virgil's adage "tempus fugit". Other manifestations and analogs will abound, from cuckoos to TARDISes, culminating in a grand horlogical dance, as Time goes by.
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