Our zoetropes are like no other - larger-than-life mechanical constructions creating moving images in a spectacular fashion!
A cluster of three huge drums, each 2.5m in diameter, cast life-sized moving shadows when you spin them. The work is lit from within by a specially designed mechanical strobe that produces three animations around its circumference.
People catch glimpses of shadowy movement from afar which resolve into animated silhouettes as they approach. This builds intrigue and anticipation of the work. On arrival they are met by the sight and sound of the drums spinning and are immersed in the world of shadows that they create.
This is an exciting, playful, magical experience evoking memories of fairgrounds and wonder. Shadows will flicker across peopleʼs bodies encouraging them to interact and play with them.
This work was commissioned by Shimmer 2013 and created in partnership with 24 Design with structural assessment by Jeni Nelson.
It was installed thanks to the hard work of: Maria Hammond, Rosanna Wright and Paul Blackshaw.