Theo Jansen: Kinetic Sculpture

From TED Talks – a great presentation from Dutch kinetic artist Theo Jansen who demonstrates his lifelike kinetic sculptures. “Jansen has been working for 16 years to create sculptures that move on their own in eerily lifelike ways. Each generation of his “Strandbeests” is subject to the forces of evolution, with successful forms moving forward into new designs. Jansen’s vision and long-term commitment to his wooden menagerie is as fascinating to observe as the beasts themselves.

His newest creatures walk without assistance on the beaches of Holland, powered by wind, captured by gossamer wings that flap and pump air into old lemonade bottles that in turn power the creatures’ many plastic spindly legs. The walking sculptures look alive as they move, each leg articulating in such a way that the body is steady and level. They even incorporate primitive logic gates that are used to reverse the machine’s direction if it senses dangerous water or loose sand where it might get stuck.”

To see more video of Jansen’s fascinating work, visit StrandBeest.com.

paintings: art paintings, portrait paintings and oil painting

Comments

  1. Thanks Wendy. This video is a riot. I’m sure there’s a line between fact/fiction, but since I can’t discern it I’ll just enjoy!
    A pleasure as always

  2. Gil Gibbs says:

    Incredible engineering feat, fascinating project for anyone to enjoy. Are the design details open to the public?

  3. The beauty is Mr. Jansen is proud calling them animals than his invention.

  4. There are some details on his website about the construction but I’m unsure if you can get the full design details.
    http://www.strandbeest.com

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