The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA in front of Es Devlin’s sculpture, ZOETROPE, in Cape Town’s Silo District.

ZOETROPE


The future imagined.

ZOETROPE


The future imagined.

A year ago, at Design Indaba 2018, Mercedes-Benz introduced award-winning artist and designer Es Devlin to Electrical Intelligence (EQ) pioneering technology in sustainable electric mobility, and commissioned her to produce a thought-provoking, first-of-its-kind sculpture project in Cape Town.

 

Using solar power and Electrical Intelligence (EQ), Devlin’s new sculptural work, ZOETROPE is conceived as a solar-powered charging station for both the electric vehicle and its driver.

 

Zoetrope, deriving from the Greek: Zoe, meaning life and Trope: meaning turning, is a Digital Art Museum based around Devlin’s concept that every major form of transport throughout history has left geographical marks across the planet (paths carved by human feet, carts, train tracks and fossil-fuel driven cars).

 

Devlin then took a map of Cape Town, and drew radiating lines in 12 directions from the Silo Square at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. Working closely with a local film crew, Devlin and the local team selected 12 locations that express the geographic and demographic breadth and range of life within a 100km radius of the site: from an underwater kelp forest to a rooftop football match, and choral groups to solar power workers.

 

Open until November 2019 at no charge to the public, visitors can enter the sculpture and walk through a labyrinthine spiral route through twelve one-minute films and emerge twelve minutes later with a greater understanding of place and a vehicle charged with energy drawn from the sun’s rays as they hit that particular spot on the planet – imagining a future of global network of solar-powered Zoetrope charging pavilions, each specific to its location and driving the future of mobility.

ZOETROPE
Es Devlin’s interactive, solar-powered sculpture is open for visitors in Cape Town’s Silo District and doubles as a charging station for the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA.