This rotating sphere is a physical animation and not a 3D render

Artist Takeshi Murata has physically animated this sphere using kinetic motion and strobes—it is not a 3D render. It is in fact a type of zoetrope, a rotating illusion originating in the nineteenth century, and was designed on a computer then fabricated by craftsmen and mechanical engineers. » 5/21/14 9:04pm 5/21/14 9:04pm

LCD Zoetrope Is a Beautiful Update To an Antique Toy

Before YouTube, TV, and even the movies, people were genuinely entertained by a device called a Zoetrope that played simple looped animations while it spun. The animations were created on strips of paper that were placed inside the inner circumference of the device—a process that's been made considerably easier with… » 8/04/12 2:00pm 8/04/12 2:00pm