Norwegian Gothic Zoetrope Boogie
December 19, 2017 3:33 PM   Subscribe

Persistence of Vision III is an animated short film by Ismael Sanz-Pena. Made with just one image, it explores the dancing potential of the repeating still sculptures at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.
posted by carter (9 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
It's true, the statues dance!
Not one image but what seems to be a stop-motion circling of the cathedral from the top to the bottom. It's wonderful to see the repeating patterns in the stonework interrupted by the non-repeating ones (particularly the statues).
You could loop this and run it in the background forever.
posted by chavenet at 3:53 PM on December 19, 2017 [3 favorites]

This appears to be the image, from the Wikipedia article on Nidaros Cathedral.
posted by rodlymight at 4:17 PM on December 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

When I first saw it I was wondering if it was some kind of drone footage. But then I was thinking that it was made from the Wikipedia image, which was cropped it into little bits to get the individual frames. You can see details (scaffolding etc.) from the Wikipedia image, in the animation.
posted by carter at 4:37 PM on December 19, 2017

That was incredibly neat, if slightly nauseating for anyone prone to motion sickness. Just as a heads up!
posted by angeline at 4:56 PM on December 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

I couldn't stop myself from whispering "heeeeeey.....macarena!" under my breath at various points throughout that video.
posted by mrjohnmuller at 7:55 PM on December 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

Brilliant. (Carter's post title is great too.) Especially loved the seemingly swingin' arms of the statues - Gothic version of Gladys Knight & the Pips...
posted by twsf at 7:59 PM on December 19, 2017

That was amazing! Totally seconding the motion sickness trigger warning though.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 8:20 PM on December 19, 2017

Yeah, I kind of loved that.
posted by evilDoug at 8:44 PM on December 19, 2017

To paraphrase Martin Mull, it's like dancing about architecture.
posted by bendybendy at 4:46 AM on December 20, 2017

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