Many onlookers never knew what the glowing numbers signified because the artists intentionally left the meaning obscure.
“All this time I just thought it was some doomsday clock or project,” Queens resident Michael Russinik told the this past November, just after election day. “I don’t think it’s going fast enough, I look forward to that date.”
“We see it as a civic project, like the national debt clock, and we don’t want it to become about who made it,” Stosuy said in a statement. “We figure what it does is clear enough without us elaborating on it. I think our stance on Trump is clear, too.”
The team that built the clock astutely predicted that Trump’s term might be a tumultuous one, and so programmed it “to jump to ‘0’ days if that time comes sooner than the traditional four-year term,” according to the fabricator’s website.
That didn’t quite happen, of course. But at least it won’t restart back at another 1,460 days, either, and when President-elect Joe Biden takes office tomorrow, the clock will go dark.
A live-streamed performance by the Brooklyn black metal band Liturgy will mark the occasion.