Zoetrope

 

A zoetrope is a device that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures. The term zoetrope is from the Greek words ??? – zoe, “life” and ?????? – tropos, “turn”. It may be taken to mean “wheel of life”. (from wikipedia)

This particular zoetrope is made from a combination of reclaimed and new materials including a pair of old bicycle wheels. There are three separate sequences of images, with two that can be viewed through the slits. The third sequence of images on top are transparent and cast a shadow of movement onto the wall behind. Sections of the outside are mirrored. When the zoetrope is in motion, the mirrors encourage the viewer to shift their visual perspective and focus in order to see the animation inside.

I designed and built both the early prototype and the updated versions of the Zoetrope.