Timeline (A Light History of the Earth), 2012
Books, bookshelf, and chairs
Courtesy the artist and VAN HORN, Düsseldorf
Photography by Jerry L. Thompson
Holten’s Timeline comprises multiple parts: a library of books about light, located in the museum building, and Adirondack chairs peppering the Storm King landscape, each accompanied by a book for viewers to enjoy. Crossing disciplinary boundaries, Timeline approaches light from varied perspectives, including those of art history, psychology, and cartography. The round bookshelf in the gallery references the shape of the sun, the Earth, and a clock. It is painted to match "Cosmic Latte," believed to be the current average color of the universe, and is 4.56 feet in diameter, an allusion to the 4.56 billion years of the Earth's existence.