|Exploratorium - San Francisco 2013|
When I took this photo, I didn't realize that I was looking at the new location of the Exploratorium. Not sure what scientific point the flying monkeys are supposed to illustrate.
OK. Found this:
A steady rhythm brings this animation to life. Pound the drums for 30 seconds to make the artwork spin. (The more drummers, the better.) Find a rhythm—it takes a while to set the piece in motion.
What’s going on? At 20 rpm, Homouroboros springs to life as a giant zoetrope. The monkeys’ rotation is synced to strobe lights at night and, during the day, to masks with shutter lenses. Your visual system combines the 18 monkeys into a single animation of a monkey swinging from branch to branch, reaching for and then devouring an apple from a snakelike hand.