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All six items in the “In this time” Living World sandglass series
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- 100 stars cease to shine
- 100 babies are born
- 100 kg of space dust falls to earth
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- the freediving world record surpassed a depth of 100m
- the silent musical work 4'33” was first performed
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- sunlight reaches earth (wooden frame)
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- sunlight/moonlight reaches earth
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In this time: Jacques Mayol dived to a depth of 100+ meters

From a series of sandglasses showing "other sorts of time"

On November 23, 1976 off the Italian island of Elba, a man by the name of Jacques Mayol set a world record in freediving, becoming the first human being to dive to a depth of more than 100 meters.

This sandglass shows the time taken for that dive.


The frame is made from castor arabia wood sourced from Hokkaido (Japan), combining white wood with white sand.

Some cannot resist flipping the glass upside down to see if they can hold their breath as long, but the actual length of time is not really the issue here. It’s about what Mayol was doing at the time, and where he was.

Mayol did not simply hold his breath, he went 100 meters under the sea, and lived to tell the tale.
So what did this actually entail?


Just prior to the dive. Mayol is sitting on a platform on a boat, regulating his breathing in preparation for the dive.From Mayol’s book Homo Delphinus: The Dolphin Within Man.

Two or three meters underwater, the temperature drops abruptly. Mayol dives on, deeper and deeper.
Fifty meters down, it is said that light from the surface becomes virtually non-existent, and one is surrounded entirely by blue.


The maximum prescribed depth for scuba diving is 65 meters. Mayol dives deeper.From Homo Delphinus

A can containing air would be flattened at this depth.
Then down to 80, 90 meters.

The air Mayol inhaled on the surface was at a pressure of 1 atmosphere (atm = mean sea level pressure). Enormous water pressure is bearing down on Mayol’s body. His stomach is forced in, making his ribs stand out, and he takes on the appearance of a deep sea fish.

At a depth of just under 100m, the water temperature is probably around 10 degrees. Having made it to this bone-chilling realm, Mayol now feels the whole weight of the sea on his shoulders. And the sensation that his body might fuse with the sea…

Around 1970, during the period of intense competition between Mayol and fellow freediver Enzo Maiorca depicted in the film The Big Blue, the World Underwater Federation, which counted Jacques Cousteau among its founders, decided not to recognize freediving (what was known as the no-limit variety) as a sport.

This is not like running the 100-meter sprint, or climbing 100 meters.
As Mayol put it, we live with the entire weight of the atmosphere on our shoulders. We live at the bottom of the air.

Diving to the bottom of the ocean adds to that physical burden the entire weight of the sea.
If one can dive to a certain point, why not another meter? That meter though, might be the one that causes your chest to collapse.

One hundred meters underwater is not a place intended for human habitation.
Only now do we appreciate how incredible Mayol’s feat really was.


On the boat before the dive. Mayol is on deck, practising his breathing techniques. From Homo Delphinus

One day, a man slid from the side of a boat floating in the Mediterranean into the sea, dived 100 meters, and came back up.
Described thus, it seems very simple, but those few minutes were in fact an incredible adventure, a first for mankind.

Time may seem to pass the same way everywhere, but its weight and intensity can differ.
Allowing of course for those not yet born, at this moment on this day in 1976, where were we, and how were we passing the time?



In this time: the freediving world record surpassed a depth of 100m
(1976; Jacques Mayol)

Sandglass W:85×D:45×H:130mm
Wooden frame: Castor arabia (Sen)
Leather sheet 130mm square
Sand: Natural white sand/sparsely flecked with minute grains of black (Australia)

Frame design: monokraft (Toru Shimizu, Ken Katsumata)
monokraft are a pair of furniture makers whose photo frame designs are used for the Living World sandglass series. (The frames are manufactured at a separate workshop)

Price: 11,000 JPN

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