Imagine taking a walk in which every step takes you back in time a million years. The University of Montana is the new steward of the exhibit “A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us,” and people can walk back through time as they walk around the UM Oval.
The exhibit consists of 90 colorful panels that depict points in time of the 4.6-billion-year evolution of life on Earth. The last billion years will be displayed around the UM Oval from March for Science Day on Saturday, April 14, to Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. The display will start by The Payne Family Native American Center.
The “Walk Through Time” exhibit was imagined by physicist Sidney Liebes, who wanted to inspire people with the magnificent story of life on Earth and provide a cautionary tale of how human actions today threaten Earth’s diversity and stability. Liebes completed the project for Earth Day 1997 after retiring from Hewlett-Packard Labs, and the exhibit was funded by Hewlett-Packard and gifted to the Foundation for Global Community.
The “Walk Through Time” is online at http://www.globalcommunity.org/wtt/walk_menu/.
“A Walk Through Time” book by Liebes and two co-authors is available in the UM library. There also is a walking audio book app called the Deep Time Walk at http://www.deeptimewalk.org/kit/app/.
The exhibit at UM is one of only three in the world. Jill Davies of Sustainable Living Systems in the Bitterroot heard about the exhibit and that it was available to move on to a new home. Davies contacted Vicki Watson, retired professor of environmental studies at UM, and arranged for the exhibit to be gifted to UM.