Loop Art Installation in Downtown Iowa City
Loop turns Downtown Iowa City into a retro-futuristic playground. This interactive work consists of 12 giant zoetropes that play short flipbook-style movies by illustrators, inspired by literary works, among others, Joséphine Bacon, Dany Laferrière and Wajdi Mouawad. The animations are accompanied by sound emanating from the center of each giant wheel and a video projection.
The installation is inspired by the zoetrope, an optical toy invented in the 19th century. Loop combines elements of the music box, zoetrope and railway handcar. Sit down inside the zoetrope, pump the bar, and make the image cylinder turn. The pictures will spring into motion. The images, tinted by a strobe effect, are reminiscent of the earliest movies. The speed of the animation, the frequency at which the light flickers and the tempo of the music are all determined by how fast you move the bar.
The exhibit has mesmerized audiences, young and old, around the world. The images and music have recently been revised and Iowa City is hosting the American debut of the reformatted exhibit.
Do not miss your chance to play in the Loop this summer in Downtown Iowa City!