Watching the clock

Time – its meaning, its preciousness – has been on my mind this week due to a rather special art installation


A Londoner of almost 20 years, I am guilty of getting stuck into a routine of the daily commute, and looking beyond the city when organising a holiday in the UK or further afield.

So often it is only when friends and family visit that I remember the cultural and historical riches my own doorstep has to offer.

It was to my shame, for example, that I realised the Tate Modern is a mere 15-minute train ride away.

My visit on this occasion was planned around The Clock 2010, by artist Christian Marclay.

A whopping 24-hours long, the art installation is a simple concept: create a piece that is a montage of thousands of film and television images of clocks, edited together so they show the actual time as you are watching it.

Watching the film is to get sucked into a journey through cinematic history – with forgotten faces from the past in turn reminding me of hours spent as child watching westerns on the sofa with my dad. And the time for the rigorous and painstaking research and production that must have been invested into the project by Mr Marclay is mind-bendingly impressive.

The message that time is short – and we need to make the most of it – is certainly one that resonates for World Sight Day today (11 October).

A key public-facing event on the eye health calendar, the event uses data and evidence to draw attention to preventable eye care issues so that everyone, everywhere has access to good eye health now.

This week OT has been hearing about a panoply of activity happening across the sector

This includes Johnson & Johnson Vision’s efforts to encourage the public to #spotlightsight for World Sight Day, and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s partnership with the UK Ophthalmology Alliance and the Royal National Institute of Blind People to launch a set of national patient standards, which are designed to improve care for eye clinic patients.

Please do get in touch and let us know about your initiatives to support the day, [email protected]

And, if you still have time on your hands? Here are three more ways to spend it:

  1.  Voting is open for the AOP Awards 2019 – have you cast your vote yet?
  2.  Have you accepted your CET points on the GOC’s MyGOC platform? Points which remain unaccepted will not count towards a registrant’s 2016–18 CET cycle, which ends on 31 December
  3. 100% Optical’s education programme is booking up fast. Secure your place today.

Image credit: Getty