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Afternoon Delight: Art or Animal?


by Jerome Weeks 2 Jan 2012

Dutch artist Theo Jansen builds kinetic sculptures he calls “strandbeests” – ‘beach creatures.’ They’re wind-powered, self-directed ‘walking skeletons’ that can leave their creator and wander off along the shore.

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Dutch artist Theo Jansen builds kinetic sculptures he calls “strandbeests” – ‘beach creatures.’ They’re wind-powered ‘walking skeletons’ that can leave their creator and wander off. The later models are even self-directed — they can work their way around obstacles. Someday, Jansen hopes to have small herds of these things trotting along the shore. (Ignore the ‘Wallace & Gromit’ tag on the video — they really have nothing to do with this except that Wallace’s Rube Goldberg-like devices can resemble these remarkable contraptions.)

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