Millennial Time Machine – Vancouver, British Columbia

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The Millennial Time Machine, a Landau Carriage converted to a Mobile Camera Obscura is located at the corner of Main Mall & Memorial Road, at the University of British Columbia. “During the late 1500s to 1800s, the camera obscura was used as a model for explaining human vision and it stood as a model, in both rational and empiricist thought, of how observation leads to truthful inferences about the world”.

Housed in a glass walled pavilion, it is positioned to overlook the landscaped bowl between Koerner Library and Main Library, the camera obscura focuses on a young sequoia tree that will grow to maturity. The tree and location are also meant to raise ideas about the university as a place where knowledge, and technologies are constructed. The Machine offers us a little image of hope.

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