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Directory:Theo Jansen:StrandBeest Kinetic Sculptor

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For the past fifteen years, Theo Jansen has been creating/evolving "beach animals", immense multi-legged walking critters designed to roam the Dutch coastline, feeding on gusts of wind. They are made from commonly available tools like plastic tubing, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, hose, tape, and all sorts of other stuff.

Over the years, successive generations of his creatures have evolved into increasingly complex animals that walk by flapping wings in response to the wind, discerning obstacles in their path through feelers and even hammering themselves into the sand on sensing an approaching storm.

His animals have legs, muscles (pneumatic pistons within the plastic tubing), stomachs (plastic bottles for storing air), and nerves (collections of on/off values that work pretty much like logic gates).

Eventualy he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.


Official Website (Spanish version)

Shop - DVD available


See Google Video > Theo Jansen - 81 relevant as of Sept. 12, 2007.


A Modern-Day DaVinci Genius?


(Posted by wallyworld YouTube April 13, 2007)

Theo Jansen (Posted by gallo1 YouTube October 12, 2005)

BMW (South Africa). Defining innovation - Short version of the above. (Posted by BMWSouthAfrica YouTube August 15, 2006)

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On Stage Demonstration at TED


Theo Jansen: The art of creating creatures - - Dutch artist Theo Jansen demonstrates his amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures, built from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. (Posted by TEDtalksDirector YouTube Sept. 7, 2007)

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On Stage Demonstration at ArtFutura '05


(Posted by H12v YouTube November 08, 2005)

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Beach Mutants = top story in 2005 for Netherlands TV station


"Top stories by reach, Reuters television. Beach mutants (strandbeesten) on the beach of IJmuiden." (YouTube November 23, 2006)

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Simulation CGI of Theo Jansen 's Mechanism


Animation by Yoshihiro Yamazaki and Studio Molybden using Softimage|3D & Adobe After Effects shows the "StrandBeests" mechanism. (posted by molybden YouTube July 31, 2006)

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Theo Jansen´s mechanism


Animation by Daniel Wyllie using The Teometer's Sketchpad 4 shows the walking footprint duration cycle. (Posted by dwyllie YouTube December 17, 2006)

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Simple animation (Posted by DaviSouza YouTube June 01, 2007)

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Theo Jansen Biography

Theo Jansen, artist, studied science at the University of Delft Holland. The first seven years being a artist he just made paintings. Then he starts a project with a big flying saucer, which could really fly. It flew over the town of Delft in 1980 and brought the people in the street and the police in commotion. In the last decade, he has been occupied with the making of a new nature, using plastic yellow tubes as the basic matierial for making skeletons which are able to walk on the wind. Eventualy he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.

In the News

Google News > Theo Jansen

The Wind Beast of Theo Jansen - Photo essay. (Wired Blog October 28, 2005)

Wild Things Are on the Beach - A self-styled god, Jansen is evolving an entirely new line of animals: immense multi-legged walking critters designed to roam the Dutch coastline, feeding on gusts of wind. (Wired Jan. 24, 2005)

Additional Coverage

Google > Theo Jansen


Solar Paper Horse


Solar Powered Kinetic Animal Sculptures - "Development of my Eadweard Muybridge / Theo Jansen inspired kinetic paper animals. Featured are a solar powered horse followed by a horse and some Giraffes controlled by a Basic Stamp 2 micro-controller." (Posted by MarbleMad YouTube'' July 12, 2007)



Lego Response - "A Lego response to the amazing sculptures by Theo Jansen. Doesn't move quite as elegant as the sculptures, but then I'm no genius either." Made by Havard Fjaer using Lego Mindstorms NXT. (Posted by patchctap YouTube August 11, 2007)


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