Major Update on the 10,000 Year Clock Project

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 02011 by Danielle Engelman
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Clock site in Texas

The Long Now Foundation has started excavations for our first 10,000 Year Clock in west Texas.

Though the date of completion of the 10,000 Year Clock has not been set, and it is still many years into the future, we’re very pleased to let you know that you can now sign up on our waiting list to visit the Clock!

Long Now Members will have priority to visit the Clock when it is completed and should check the Visit the Clock box in the Notifications tab in Member Settings when signed in as a member on the Long Now website.  We will also continue to post project updates on the members only Clock Blog.

Jeff Bezos’ team at Amazon have also created a new website at with information for the public about the project as well as a public sign up page for learning about the eventual visiting opportunities there.

We’ve also updated the Clock section of our website; you can read Kevin Kelly’s new piece on the 10,000 Year Clock project, with diagrams of how the Clock will work.

Long Now remains committed to developing our site in Nevada as a 10,000 year installation in parallel with The 10,000 Year Clock in Texas.

All of us at Long Now who are working on the Clock project, the Board, Clock team and Foundation staff are very excited to see the work of the last two decades coming to fruition.  Thank you all for your support.

  • John Voorhees

    I like to think of the Clock-building as the exact opposite of preaching the Apocalypse. Hooray!

  • OldBoar

    I'm glad I found this update 2 days after it was posted. I've been following LongNow and the 10,000 year clock since the project started. I've seen the first prototype at the Science Museum in Kensington, London and maybe I'll see one of the monumental ones. Definitely something to look forward to.

  • When you build this thing, please display a prominent notice, in a multitude of languages, that we do *NOT* expect the world to end when the clock overflows.

  • Michael

    “Hey, this appears to be some sort of ancient timing device. Can you decipher the writing on it? `Something something EXPECT something WORLD TO END'… oh no!!!”

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