the mutoscope uncovered

 

I've always loved flip books. I have hundreds in my collection. Somewhere out there, there are my old text books with car chases, balls bouncing, jugglers juggling... drawn on the corners and edges.

 

I first saw the Mutoscopes as a kid on main street in Disneyland. There was a room filled with these beautifully painted, ornate cast iron things. I stepped up and looked in the viewer, grabbed the handle and started to crank. It was magical, I was hooked. It was like an enclosed circular flipbook.

 

It was amazing that a bunch of still images could create a movie that I controlled. And knowing that I was controling it by turning the handle was the icing. I loved the mechanical aspect of it

Years later at the Museum of the Moving Images, I saw the inside of a Mutoscope.  It was then that I truly understood what my mother meant when she said "outer beauty is one thing, but it's whats inside that counts"

 

I wondered what it would look like if I took the inside, the wheel of images, and made a mutoscope that was beautiful to look at as a sculpture. And thus, The Mutoscope as sculpture was created.