“Even a long human life adds up to only about 650,000 hours.”
65 hand-made A4 books; 2014
It started with this quote:
“The bad news is that atoms are fickle and their time of devotion is fleeting – fleeting indeed. Even a long human life adds up to only about 650,000 hours. And when that modest milestone flashes into view, or at some point thereabouts, for reasons unknown your atoms will close you down, then silently disassemble and go off to be other things. And that’s it for you.”*
‘650,000 hours’ played on my mind for a long time after reading it: a number so large yet so finite. What hour was I up to? How many did I, theoretically, have to go? And what was I doing during these hours that were marching always away? So, in an exercise of addressing my definite 30-odd-year past and suggested 43-year future, this 65-book series traces, through a list of dates and times, from the hour of my birth to locate my 650,000th hour.
* Bryson, Bill. (2003). A Short History of Nearly Everything. London, United Kingdom: Black Swan Publishing.