The mysterious Strandbeests of Theo Jansen

Since 1990, Theo Jansen has been engaged in creating new forms of life: whimsical, intelligent Strandbeests, which live on the beaches and feed on wind. “These animals will survive on their own, just like you raise your children and kick them out of the door, then they live their own lives,” says the Dutch kinetic artist. The Strandbeests are made of recycled plastic lemonade bottles, conduit piping, feathers and other odd materials. They’ve also been let loose at Trafalgar Square in London, been featured in BMW commercials and been exhibited in museums in New York, Madrid, Seoul, Tokyo and elsewhere. In 2003 Jansen created a boneyard for deceased Strandbeests alongside the Rotterdam-The Hague motorway. But mostly they can be seen–sometimes in herds–roaming the oceansides of Holland.


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