Monument of Time



Name: Daniel J. Derflinger

Nationality: Austria

Institution / Company: Kunstuniversität Linz


-FINALIST of Post-Nuclear Power Plant Competition


The Monument of Time reflects our responsibilty towards the future generations through our actions. It reminds us of the risk of nuclear disasters and its effects on nature and nature’s vulnerability.

The design of the monument bases on an origami-like folding which lays over the topography and consists of different sized triangles. The triangulared structure opens in some places, so that flora and fauna can settle. At the positions of the six reactors an interior space is formed under the folding before it merges into the ocean. Over thousands of years, the monument will become one with the nature. Some triangles will remain visible as fragments.

Up to one kilometres long, slightly sloped ramps lead to the center of the monument. Two meter thick concrete panels shield the contaminated ground from the surface. The Monument of Time refers to the Japanese concept of mono no aware – a sensitivity to ephemera – and intends to make the duration of contamination perceptible and tangible and its impact on mankind and nature.


#Nuclear energy #Energy saving behaviours & responsible consumption #Visual Impacts of energy infrastructure #Monument #Landscape design #Vulnerability

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