Commissioned by Yahoo!, the Time Capsule was designed to take a fingerprint of the human world in 2006.
Structured around ten universal themes (Love, Sorrow, Anger, Faith, Beauty, Fun, Past, Hope, Now and You) each bearing an open-ended question (“What do you love? What makes you sad? What makes you angry? What do you believe in? What’s beautiful, What’s fun? What do you remember? What is your wish? Describe your world. Who are you?”), people could respond to these questions in one of five simple ways – with words, pictures, videos, sounds, and drawings.
Translated into ten languages, the Time Capsule was open online for 30 days, accepting the world’s submissions.
The Time Capsule project was punctuated by a three-day event outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the contents of the Capsule were projected onto the ancient canyon walls of the Jemez Pueblo, a sacred site, for three consecutive nights, from dusk until midnight.