Posted by: Nar Williams | March 8, 2008

Theo Jansen’s Beach Animals

Thanks to Lillian for sending me this video and turning me on to this modern day Da Vinci, Theo Jansen.

Artist Theo Jansen studied science at the University of Delft in Holland. After sticking to painting for seven years, he embarked upon a project with a flying saucer – which really flew. It flew over the town of Delft in 1980, drawing the people into the streets and sending the police into pandemonium. For about the last ten years he has been busy with the creation of a new nature – not with pollen or seeds, but with plastic yellow tubes. He makes skeletons which are able to walk in the wind. Eventually he wants to put herds of these animals out on the beaches to live their own lives.

That’s from his website, Strandbeest. Check it out after you watch this amazing video:


Responses

  1. Yes, he is a genius!

    Theo follows in the same tradition as other kinetic artists in that the wind supplies the energy to drive his “creatures”.

    A few other videos of his work :


    Videos that show the exact mechanism involved :

    You’ll see the “legs” are hinges which are composed of an interesting shape that focuses leverage in one direction : Foreward. Basically three triangles and a rectangle connected to a wheel as a lever.

    It’s a continually collapsing and reshaping parallelogram with a pair of triangles connected to each end with another triangle connected to the side.

  2. […] at Achieve Nerdvana, we’ve marveled at Theo Jansen’s beach animals and the ice-skating BigDog from Boston Dynamics. And of course, there are the pet robot […]

  3. […] at Achieve Nerdvana, we’ve marveled at Theo Jansen’s beach animals and the ice-skating BigDog from Boston Dynamics. And of course, there are the pet robot […]


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