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November 12, 2017

San Francisco: The Interval at Long Now


A close up of a mechanical prototype for a clock meant to last for 10,000 years inside The Interval.

Every now and then we stumble into a curious place with an even more curious back-story. And so it was when we popped into The Interval in San Francisco’s Fort Mason.

According to their website, The Interval “…is a bar, café, museum, and the home of The Long Now Foundation. Featuring a floor-to-ceiling library of the books you might need to rebuild civilization, mechanical prototypes for a clock meant to last for 10,000 years, art that continually evolves in real time, and a time-inspired menu of artisan drinks.” The Interval is obviously not your ordinary watering hole.

A prototype of a planetary clock.

The bar’s back-story, the Long Now Foundation, is itself a curiosity. It is an organization “established in 01996 to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.” As founding member musician Brian Eno says, “’Now’ is never just a moment. The Long Now is the recognition that the precise moment you’re in grows out of the past and is a seed for the future.”

It makes perfect sense and is perfectly confusing at the same time. Nevertheless The Interval is a cool, quirky bar. It’s a place that gives you plenty to think about as you toss back a drink.

Ever evolving artwork

A planetary clock needs planets

1 Comment »

  1. Great post. I’ve attended talks about the 10000year clock by the people designing it. Facinating!

    Comment by dougstinson — November 12, 2017 @ 2:04 pm


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