Starting in 1990, Theo Jansen began creating incredible “creatures” that could move on their own with the grace of a ballet dancer. Built mainly out of PVC Pipes, cloth and rope, these creations are the perfect combination of engineering and art.
Jansen has been creating Strandbeest (Dutch: strand=beach; beest=beast), “wind-walking” examples of artificial life, since 1990. What was at first a rudimentary breed has slowly evolved into a generation of machines that are able to react to their environment: “over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving theelements such as storms and water, and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.”
Constructed as intricate assemblages of piping, wood & wing-like sails, Jansen’s creations are constantly being improved and have become excellently adapted to their beach environment. The creations have legs, which “prove to be more efficient