A clock designed to run for a period of ten millennia without human interference is now under construction.
The 10,000-year clock is a project of the Long Now Foundation, a non-profit organization that wants to “long-term thinking more common”.
It is built on the property, which is owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos, under a mountain in the middle of a desert in Texas,
There is currently no completion date for the project.
The clock’s Creator, American inventor Danny Hillis, the first publicly released concept in an article for Wired in 1995.
In it he describes his vision of a clock that ticks once a year, with more than a century hand that moves once every 100 years and a cuckoo that occurs per 1,000.
The watch is designed to capture energy from changes in temperature makes his time measurement apparatus, according to the Long Now Foundation. But it will not be able to have enough energy to power the time display unless the visitor “wind” with a hand-wheel is rotated.
Bezos shared a video of the clock construction on Twitter on Tuesday:
At the end of the Twitter post from @JeffBezos
The project has attracted the support of influential artists and thinkers in addition to Bezos, whose contribution of $42 million (Â£30m), making him its largest financial supporter.
The British musician Brian Eno, famous for his ambient compositions, built a mechanical melody-generator, of a different chime sequence every day for 10,000 years. As the hands of the clock, the chime will only work if the visitor makes the watch.
The first prototype of the clock, which was completed in 1999, is now on display at the Science Museum in London.
According to the Long Now Foundation, visitors will be able to walk to the place, to see the finished product.