Monday, August 28, 2006


I just came across an article on Theo Jansens and have become utterly fascinated by his work.
For the last ten years he has been creating "Strandbeesten", fantastical creatures that are able to walk powered only by the wind. These kinetic sculptures are made of plastic tubing, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, hose, tape and all sorts of other things which you might commonly find as detruitis on a beach which Jansens transformes into primordial looking creatures which step delicately along the beaches of Holland. His goal with the Beesten is to "put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so that they will live their own lives."

The creatures are constantly evolving as Jansens "breeds" the most successful ones into more complex creatures that can flap their wings,
discern abstacles in their path and even hammer themselves into the sand on sensing and approaching storm.
His work has been featured in a spot for BMW.

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