Two hand cranked three dimensional animated zoetropes were installed in the new Weavers Triangle public square last week. As the handle is rotated the twenty 3d printed figures on a turntable rotate. A white LED light above each figure turns on exactly as the figure passes by. The synchronised flickering effects makes the figures appear to come to life as they go about their business.
One animated zoetrope has a man pushing his trolley of cotton bales accompanied by a walking cat. The other animated zoetrope has a woman tirelessly working at a loom.
The effect of the animation takes place when it is darker.
The red lines at the top of the zoetrope container references the distinctive cotton tea towels made at the Weavers Triangle in Burnley which have three red steps top and bottom. The image of these hoops will also be seen in the projected gobos on the two chimneys in this new public square. The lights are due to be completed towards the end of July.
The poem is extracted from an evocative poem by John Trafford Clegg 'A Weighver's Song', written in dialect about the life of weavers.
Massive thanks as always to Sebastien Boyesen. Thanks also to Burnley Council, Cecilia Whittaker, Helen Jones, Adam Lockett and James Moran-Zietek.
Thanks is also due to Andrew Hilton for his photographs.