When Barack Obama made the clarion call to his fellow Americans, exhorting them to pull together and breathe hope back into the nation, he probably didn't expect his words to become inspiration for a design exhibition. Students from the Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Barack's old stomping grounds, have come up with a bunch of ingenious creations — not least this "Collective Clock."
Designed by Greg Bethel, it's made of ball bearings and, at a guess, magnets, taking the original motto of the United States, "E pluribus unum" — Latin for "Out of many, one." The ball bearings on Bethel's clock are meant to depict the "unification of Americans progressing into the future." Is anyone else worried by the fact that the minute hand could possibly be depicting a breakaway faction, hell-bent on destroying the survivors of the 12 colonies of Kobol?