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In 1990, Dutch artist Theo Jansen introduced the world to his newest creation, the strandbeests. Kenetic sculptures created from plastic tubing, water bottles, and pipes, these beests survive on their own. These herds live on beaches all around the world, surviving on their waterfeelers and sandfeelers to remain safely on the sand. Powered by wind, these new life forms do not require food! Join us for a keynote lecture with Theo as he discusses the story behind the strandbeests as he pushes the limits with these beautiful and unique animals.
Dutch artist Theo 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.