Zoetrope and finally Z

Zoetrope and finally Z

Zoetrope is one of those very cool things from times past.  It was initially called a Daedelum (or wheel of the Devil) and was invented by William Horner in 1834. It uses motion to trick your eyes.

Zoetrope (or wheel of life) is the precursor to our modern motion pictures . The victorians made them at home as an amusement (The victorians did wonderful things to entertain themselves like writing plays, making family newspapers and creating intricate jewelry made from hair–seriously I admire the ingenuity of how they escaped boredom). Here’s one from the time period.


But there’s no longer a reason for such a primitive form of animation.


or is there?


This is an amazing artist who creates large scale Zoetropes for Burning Man.  Burning man has produced some incredible art , but this is some of the best in my opinion (though I did like the cars that shot flame and the opera and castle that went up in flames, oh and the (insert cool art project) that went up in flames ).

And I wish I had more time but I’m tired, it’s late I have to be up by 5 tomorrow and there you have the end of my #AtoZChallenge. Well except for the reflections, but that’s not for a week!



  1. The zoetrope was a clever concept, but thank goodness we’ve advanced to the movie technology we have now. I wonder what it will be like in 100 years from now.

    Congratulations on making it through the A to Z Challenge. Join us on May 7th with your Challenge Reflections post.
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