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All six items in the “In this time” Living World sandglass series
are now complete.

- 100 stars cease to shine
- 100 babies are born
- 100 kg of space dust falls to earth
8,000 JPY

- the freediving world record surpassed a depth of 100m
- the silent musical work 4'33” was first performed
11,000 JPY

- sunlight reaches earth (wooden frame)
12,000 JPY

- sunlight/moonlight reaches earth
16,000 JPY

Handcrafted by Japanese sandglass artisans.

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In this time: 100kg of space dust falls to earth

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

Right at this very moment, dust falling from space is quietly accumulating on Earth.
This sandglass represents the time taken for spacedust to fall and accumulate.


The wooden frame is 10cm high, with details laser-etched on top.

The notion of dust falling from space had never crossed our minds. Our investigations opened up a whole new fascinating world, so here we report a section of our findings.

The clouds in the sky are made up of masses of tiny cloud particles. Inside each is a speck of dust. Apparently every raindrop also contains a dust speck.

Many different types of dust are suspended in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Dust emitted by cars, dust whipped up by desert winds, the burnt remains of our bodies.

Added to these billions of tons of dust that make their way up into the sky every year, are around 30-40,000 tons of dust falling from space.


This is space dust, tinier than the breadth of a human hair (0.5mm/100 microns).

Meteorites are part of the same phenomenon.
Their greater mass causes them to gradually accelerate, until friction makes them burn up when passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, to become shooting stars.


Drawing of the meteor shower of 1833.

Space dust however is so minute that gravity works in a different way. The dust does not accelerate enough to burn up.
Once trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere, dust that was flying about in space rapidly decelerates, and takes about a month to slowly descend to the ground.

So how much of what we see is the Earth, and how much is space?
Most of us probably just differentiate between them by thinking vacuum = space. By dust does not have such boundaries.

We stand here in space like the Little Prince. The ground and space are connected.
The constant rain of dust from space is testament to this.

Who studies this dust?
Investigations began in the 19th century, and today this work is continued by scientists across the globe. One reason they find space dust so intriguing is that it harbors the secrets of the creation of our solar system, and the universe.


The “In this time” series consists of a trio of sandglasses of this size.

The glasses are made for Living World by a Tokyo craftsman, who with his son, produces the majority of hourglasses in Japan.

The glass tube is heated on a burner to 700-800 degrees, stretched and expanded, all by hand.
Every time we visit the studio, we come away full of stunned admiration at their skill.

The narrow part through which the sand passes is referred to as the “wasp waist”. We have yet to find a craftsman able to form this curve as beautifully as our two.


The “Malaysia” sand used in this sandglass is difficult to obtain, so a new sand will probably by selected for the next batch of glasses. We choose our sands from among undyed natural sands, but this reddish-brown sand with its glittering glass flecks is in a class of its own. We love it, and urge anyone interested in acquiring a “Malaysia” version of the space dust sandglass to place their orders promptly.


In this time: 100 kg of space dust falls to earth

Sandglass W:65×D:33×H:100mm
Weight (including the box): 160g
Wooden frame: Japanese walnut
Leather sheet 100mm square
Sand: Malaysia (Natural sand)

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: 8,000 JPN

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