No Time (only images)



Concepts of Time

The concepts of time from the novel, ‘Einstein’s Dreams’ that are going to be featured in my exhibition are:


No Time – Installation

Mechanical Vs Body time – Questionnaire

Three Dimensions – Walk – Through


Structure of the Exhibition

The visitors will walk into a room where they will be shown a quick presentation on, ‘what is time?’ and how we normally perceive time but what happens if there were other concepts of time that we hadn’t of thought of…

Then the door from that room will open and then they would walk into the main circular room where a vintage clock face would cover the ground floor and a wax figure of Einstein standing in the centre of the room. There would be four doors leading to different attractions portraying a concept of time. 


At first I was thinking of placing my exhibition in the Science Museum in London but I realised the size of my exhibition is not going to be able to fit in the museum and it has to be quite a large space to fit all the rooms in. The NEC in Birmingham would be a perfect venue to fit my exhibition into. ‘The NEC is a trading name of The National Exhibition Centre Ltd.’

The NEC contains 21 different sized halls for exhibition space. I thought of using the biggest hall they have to be able to create my exhibition space. I found that hall 5 contained the biggest exhibition space.

This is the ground plan of Hall 5:

I need to measure the space and work out how my exhibition is going to fit into the space.

Floor Space:  24,870m2

Max. Dimensions: 210 x 120m

Central Columns: 17

Access Main Entrance: 12.5m(w) x 7.9m(d)x 3.1m(h)9 x Vehicle Entry Doors


Technical Information

_ Clear ceiling height is 15.5m
Clear ceiling height in the high bay
(60 x 60m) – 19.1m

_ All columns are 1.5m2 at 30m centres

_ Vehicle Entry doors are 7.5m(w) x 4.7m(h)
_ Floor loading – 20 tonnes per m2
(excluding floor ducts)

_ All main services (e.g. electrics, gas, water,
compressed air) are provided from under
floor ducts at 6m centres across the width
of the hall

_ Roof mounted lighting units – Sodium fittings
with fluorescent emergency lighting.


‘The Forbidden Corner’

When I was thinking and coming up with the idea of one main room leading off to many other different rooms, I immediately thought of the bizarre attraction, ‘The Forbidden Corner’.

‘The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park  and the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.’

I have visited the ‘Forbidden Corner’ a few years ago and I still remember what it looked like and what we saw. I really enjoyed it as through the design, you were led into creepy dark chambers through narrow pathways and in every room/place that you were led into there would always be surprises. For example, there would be hidden gargoyles and creepy creatures in the bushes or hidden in wells.

From what I remember, there was a dark chamber that contained many doors leading to different locations and you had to guess and choose which door you went through to go to a desired location. When you entered the ‘Forbidden Corner’ entrance you were given a map of the different places you can go and which paths lead to them, but in this chamber you had to guess and find out which door leads to each place.

The room design of the chamber is similar to what I was thinking of the main room of my attraction to look like. For example, the doors that lead to another place. I want the visitors to enter each door not knowing what to expect apart from knowing that it is one of Einstein’s ideas of time.


I researched the architect who designed ‘The Forbidden Corner’ who was Malcolm Tempest.

I found that he was a member of ‘The Folly Fellowship’. The Folly Fellowship are a pressure group who promote follies, grottoes and garden buildings. I found out information about them and observed their newly built follies.


I started my research by understanding who Albert Einstein is and what theories he came up with. I looked at these two websites for information as this would help me in developing my design idea.

Vintage clock images

I researched images of old vintage style clocks to see what I wanted the floor to look like in the main room of my exhibition.


My Design Idea

My first idea was to create an exhibition design including lots of installations on ‘Einstein’s’ different ideas on how time works. I think the target audience that would come to this exhibit would be mostly families as I will make the exhibit interactive for everyone to enjoy.

I thought there could be a main room which would be a circular room with a design of a vintage clock face spread across the room floor. The visitors would enter this room and then enter many other rooms that would portray a different idea of time through doors linked to the main room.

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