Counter is a
solar-powered interactive automaton that
enumerates each pedestrian that walks though
its archway. It is capable of
counting up to one less than a billion, after
which it will clock-over and go back to zero.
Counter activates the imperative to “be
counted” or “make sure you count” that is part
of liberal democratic cultural heritage,
whilst also carrying overtones of surveillance
and scientific measurement. Counter
was first installed at the entrance of the
Perth Underground Train Station, since then it
has counted at Aarhus, in Denmark
and on the beach at
Cottesloe and Bondi.