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Just What Is The Timewheel?

Shelby Chau / March 8, 2017

Conceptualized and built by Jånos Herner and designed by architect Istvån Janåky, the Timewheel is one of the world’s largest working hourglasses. It was officially unveiled on May 1st, 2004, and was used to commemorate the adding of Hungary and 9 other countries to the European Union.It can be found in Budapest nestled next to City Park to the right of Hero’s Square and behind the Palace of Art. The massive wheel weighs a whopping 60 tonnes or 120,000 POUNDS! It’s also constructed out of granite, steel, and glass. Normally filled with sand, the creators chose to use crushed glass instead.  

 

 

It can be found in Budapest nestled next to City Park to the right of Hero’s Square and behind the Palace of Art. The massive wheel weighs a whopping 60 tonnes or 120,000 POUNDS! It’s also constructed out of granite, steel, and glass. Normally filled with sand, the creators chose to use crushed glass instead. The Timewheel takes one full year for the top half to drain into the lower, which culminates on New Year’s Eve. The wheel is then rotated 180 degrees so that the process can start all over again. But turning the wheel is no small feat – it’s done using steel cables, requires the effort of 4 people, and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.  So, if you’re ever in Budapest, pop on over and check out the Timewheel. Alternatively, you also could head over to The Nima Sand Museum in Nima, Japan, where another 1-year clock named “The Sandtimer” resides.