Page D1.1 . 24 January 2001                     
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    Postcard from Bulgaria

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    Proposed rotating model of the Earth at The Sofia University. Image: Milan Belemezov

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    I believe that architecture is the means of creating an enduring symbol that marks our past, expresses our natural longing for eternity, and at the same time mirrors our continuous motion into the future for years to come.

    One year ago I created a symbol of the new millennium for Sofia, which I named "A Time Odyssey: 2001." After initial enthusiasm, the municipality decided not to construct the project. The reasons were mainly financial.

    This clock-sphere would have offered a new principle of keeping time. Like the Earth, it has two halves. One is transparent representing the illuminated day. The other one is opaque, representing night.

    The sphere rotates around its axis once each 24 hours. The thin red line is the Bulgarian meridian, which is static and points North. The engraved numbers from 1 to 24 on the globe's equator rotate, showing local time.

    The globe is an exact model of the Earth at the scale 1: 2,000,000. Thus the actual size of the clock is 21 feet (6 meters) in diameter, which makes it comprehensible by the human measure.

    Architecture usually creates a static frame of the world we live in. I believe that a time symbol must represent the fundamental difference between time and space. It must be a changeable structure, in perpetual motion. Thus it stands for the basic essence of time locomotion and eternal changeability.

    This is how I see the world in the next Millennium. At this moment, there is enthusiasm and strength in each of us to make a step ahead. In the Year 2001, it's time for something different.

    From Sofia, Bulgaria,

    Milan Belemezov  

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    At midnight the entire sphere lights up and dies down 24 times, marking the beginning of the new day. Image: Milan Belemezov

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    The terraced square of rough stone blocks follows the terrain, suggesting an odd reminiscence of prehistoric megaliths. Image: Milan Belemezov

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    When the metal door opens, the moon appears. When we make a round of it, we see what so far only a few people have seen: its dark side. Image: Milan Belemezov

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