zoetropes by R James Healy

“Made at Stratcona” Zoetropes by James Healy

Made in Strathcona is a series of three mechanical zootropes created by artist R James Healy. Zoetrope is a pre-cinema animation device invented in the 1830s, designed in the form of a slotted cylinder containing a series of drawings typically showing stages of moving figures or animals. When rotated, the graphics are projected through the slots and seen as moving. Slots offer discreet scans for each drawing; Instead of rotating dimming, the viewer experiences a rapid burst of images.

Refining the Victorian device, Healy artwork replaces sequential graphics 3D printing Sculpts and a motor spins the drum at 120 rpm, providing continuous movement. Each Zoetrope is exploring locations in Vancouver, Canada, where the artist relocated in 2015.”Beginning the following year and completed in 2022, the series fuses real and imagined memories of the city. Experienced on the tour, the artworks are theatrical and performing. Short drawing cycles are repeated to form a moving pattern. Continuous play, the loop movement can be hypnotic, and invites spectators to meditative observation,” The artist writes.

The title “Made in Strathcona” is taken from a chalkboard outside a local brewery. As the artist recalls, he referred to the IPA, but it seemed like an apt title for the series, given that it was the neighborhood where the idea first came up.

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Made in Strathcona: CRAB Park | In plastics, metals and electronics

Bring back memories and views of Vancouver

first artwork, Made in Strathcona: CRAB Park Remember the container ships that were sinking in English Bay off the coast of Vancouver, waiting to enter port. Its sheer size is obscure except for the occasional passing sailboat. When access is granted, her redemption is revealed through the proximity of the city. The beach in CRAB Park provides a clear view of the entire operation. Gantry cranes perform Tetris game in the real world, depositing containers away from railways and roads. But R James Healy (see more over here) remembers clipping all this from his apartment near Strathcona, where he imagined the bike would run forever.

next one, “Made in Strathcona: 9/6”, It illustrates an interesting discovery he made while exploring his neighborhood: a geometric mural painted by Gabriel Dubois on Powell Street, which can be read as three numbers, “696”, or three angular spirals. Near the railway boulevard, an angled beam supports the buildings adjacent to a vacant plot. Backlit, a broad black stripe draws across a blue sky and contrasting port infrastructure. While the purpose of these spaces differed, both served as architectural drawings on a large scale. “When I remember discovering them, it is as if they are one site. I combine their attributes, creating a new imagined place,” continuous Healy.

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Made in Strathcona: 9/6

finally, ‘Made in Strathcona: The Gore Street Murder” It depicts Vancouver’s famous immigrant crows roaming the city daily. They head west to the coast at dawn, and return at dusk to take up residence at Burnaby. Along the way, they stormed the city. “My bike ride was more modest, although it also took me west, and I usually stop at a busy intersection to cross Gore Street. I would often watch hundreds of crows wreak havoc on a patch of filthy land. This location and the collective name of these mischievous birds could be the title of the Hitchcock film, which influenced this artwork about rain, for which the city is just as famous.

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Made in Strathcona: The Gore Street Murder

3D printing with brutal references

The Zoetrops measure 81 x 61 x 61 cm and are designed to adhere to the principle of “form follows function”. The exterior is matte black, providing maximum contrast with the carvings inside. The headlight illuminates the sculptures and is reflected within the cylinder with a silver finish. Meanwhile, the outside of the shutter is embossed with an asymmetrical pattern inspired by the Vancouver Sky Train. Weaves this brutalist structure throughout the city, providing transportation and an architectural landmark; The design refers to the massive posts that support the track, and are unique because of their locations. Furthermore, an illuminated button on the base of the zoetrope indicates to viewers that the artwork is electronic and triggers the animation.

Production-wise, the animation and zoetrope were 3D printed in hundreds of pieces and assembled like a plastic model kit. Each piece was indexed prior to printing so that it could be linked to related parts, and then positioned correctly. The prints were cleaned and then sprayed or sprayed with silver prior to assembly. In the end, the process involved a combination of digital fabrication and traditional model making.

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zoetrope and overhead lamp

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3D printed design with brutal references


Fully assembled cartoon sculpture

Fully Assembled Animation Sculpture “Made in Strathcona CRAB Park”

Indexed components have been placed

Components cataloged “Made in Strathcona: CRAB Park” were laid before construction

“Made in Strathcona: CRAB Park” Ingredients Atomizer

Unprocessed 3D printed components

Unprocessed 3D printed components “Made in Strathcona: CRAB Park”

Shutter details

Shutter details

zoetrope علوي overhead lamp

overhead lamp zoetrope

close-up power button

close-up power button

Project information:

Noun: Made in Strathcona
Artworks: R James Healy

designboom received this project from DIY Submissions Feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their work for publication. See more projects submitted by our readers over here.

Edited by: lea zeitoun | Designbaum

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