DOES MATTHEW BARNEY HAVE A TRUMP COUNTDOWN CLOCK IN LIC?

 

What time is it?

What time is it?

It's time to wake up

It’s memorial time

East River mash-up

How’s that for a wall!

Look up from the river, is it a ferry-passenger ticker?  Is it a Powerball Jackpot ad?  At the very northern end of Gantry Park there is a large red digital display.  At first glance, the meaning of the numbers would leave one bewildered.  But with a little sleuthing we were able to solve the mystery.1  Spoiler alert

First, as any avid long-time reader of LICtalk would already know, the building to which the clock is attached is the studio of art provocateur Matthew Barney. Hmm.  Next we divided the numerator by the denominator, multiplied it by the day of the month and subtracted Lucky 7 from it to arrive at January 20, 2021 – the day of the next presidential inauguration!  Therefore we must conclude that Matthew Barney has a large Trump Countdown Clock on the East River in Long Island City2 that is easily viewable by many in midtown Manhattan.3

Furthermore, now that the meaning has been revealed, the juxtaposition of the clock with another completely unrelated video projection art project by Andrew Ratcliff called Candela, adds a whole new layer for those gazing at it head on.  The latter is a video loop of a long burning candle projected against an old brick smokestack located about a hundred yards off the river in back of the clock.  When viewed from Manhattan or Roosevelt Island and imbued with the meaning of the clock it functions like a memorial candle, once again placing Long Island City at the center of the universe, both artistically and politically.

Candelathe candle lights at 6pm and becomes visible slightly before sundown

Who is Matthew Barney?a quick primer for those not in the know4

  1. ok, ok, we were able to confirm what a reader tipped us off to []
  2. Gee, if only I had one more shot at the SAT’s I’m sure I could get into Har-ford. []
  3. it’s located across from 50th Street []
  4. or who solely think of him as Bjork’s ex-hubby []
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5 thoughts on “DOES MATTHEW BARNEY HAVE A TRUMP COUNTDOWN CLOCK IN LIC?

  1. Paul says:

    Not to burst your computational bubble, but the next presidential inaugural will be on January 20, 2021.

  2. D says:

    Aha, so that’s what it is!

  3. Anonymous says:

    dumbass.

  4. Curious George says:

    Wait so what is it?

  5. Jason Verrelli says:

    It’s how many hours until trumps 4 years are up

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