As part of Liverpool08 European Capital of Culture, there were a
huge number of events and displays, including large artistic
One of the installations was called "Turning the Place Over",
created by the artist Richard Wilson.
It runs in daylight hours, triggered by a light sensor and involves
revolving a huge (8 metre diameter) circular disk which was cut
from the front of an old office block. An axle and motor was
attached to the disk to, literally, turn it around.
Can you work out how the axle must have been placed and attached to
achieve the effect shown in the video and accompanying still
Try making some models of your own which achieve similar
About Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson was born in Islington, London, in 1953. He is a
sculptor, installation artist and musician. He studied at the
London College of Printing, Hornsey College of Art and Reading
University. Amongst his many other experiences, he was a Visiting
Artist at the Architectural Association in 1998 and nominated for
the Turner Prize twice.