The mesmerizing cyclotrope


It’s probably not often that a project for a unversity course captures an audience of thousands on the Internet. But that has been the case with Tim Wheatley’s “cyclotrope.”
Wheatley, a wizard in animation, used a bicycle wheel, a video camera, bits of Blu-Tack, cardboard, wire and masking tape to create a makeshift zoetrope, a device that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures.
Watching the cyclotrope in action is almost hypnotic.
Wheatley is a student at University College Falmouth in Cornwall, in southwestern Britain. The cyclotrope was part of an experimental animation project in his course work for a degree in digital animation. Check out Wheatley’s blog for details on how it was done.
The music accompanying the video is a piece called “Kule Kule” by Seattle-based musician Jherek Bischoff.

The Cyclotrope from tim Wheatley on Vimeo.

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