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Beach beasts

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For over two decades, Theo Jansen has been engineering giant kenetic scupltures to walk the smooth, sand beaches of Scheveningen, Holland, powered only by the wind. These beasts, who walk by using huge wind sails to turn and pump pounds of plastic pipes and wiring, are a 30-year-long dream that has come true for Jansen.


photo by strandbeest


photo by strandbeest

According to Web Urbanist, Jansen said that his “strandbeest” have the same primary objective as most organic life on Earth: learn, improve, survive. The artist hopes that they will one day evolve on their own through observing the strengths of other strandbeest.


photo by strandbeest


photo by strandbeest


photo by strandbeest

His videos went viral around 2004 and in 2006, he advertised for BMW.

via the american society of cinemaphotographers

Then he did a few interviews on TED which were quite impressive.

But the most amazing video of any of his walking “strandbeest” is this one from 2010. He combined technology with nature, music and some cinematography to make a truly beautiful piece of art.

I’m left wondering what he is working on now. In a BBC documentary produced two years ago, Jansen concludes the interview by saying that his creatures will one day not only be self-sustaining but will propagate; he will at that point be able to die knowing they (his creations) live on.

He has a lot of work to do, I’m sure.

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Written by jenniferloftis

May 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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