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After Trump's Inauguration, Matthew Barney Installed a Giant Clock Counting Down His Days in Office. Now, It's Finally Going Dark

After Trump’s Inauguration, Matthew Barney Installed a Giant Clock Counting Down His Days in Office. Now, It’s Finally Going Dark

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.


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