Imagine if you will an eco-timepiece that will take 1,000 years to complete — at least if Greg Blonder has his way. The project works like this; every year for 1,000 years, new trees will be planted along a strip of land called the TiWalkMe Escapement. Over time, the trees will do the wave, growing and falling to remind us all of the long term implications of being stewards for our planet.
It all sounds well and good, but getting any group of people to commit to something for longer than 10 years seems like a real ordeal, and unless the devotees are planting non-seed bearing trees, once a tree growth is started, it can self sustain itself barring fire, pestilence, or urban expansion. Fortunately there are a few rules set up to protect the project: 1) the trees must always be visible and unobstructed, 2) the project must adapt to future knowledge and needs, and 3) must provide perspective and insight to the visitors. The only thing keeping this project from taking off is the search for money, volunteers, and location.