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I’m very much impressed and amazed by this machine. You wouldn’t imagine how I fell about seeing it in reality. I’ve already bought my ticket to go & see it in real.
It is called the strandbeest/s! One of a kind, I’ve never seen anything like it. The way it moves, the way the wind let it act; everything is so unbelievable about it.
The artist is Theo Jansen.
Born in the Netherlands in 1948, Theo Jansen studied physics at the University of Delft but left in 1974 to pursue what became a lifelong career in art—especially art explored through technology. Among his early projects, he built a machine that could paint and staged a convincing UFO encounter over Delft.
Constructed from plastic PVC tubing, zip ties, and string, strandbeests are the ultimate in humble down-home DIY. But they come to life with animal grace the second they begin to move: Wings flap. Tubular muscles extend. Knobby knees flex. Feet lift. Wind is gulped and stored for energy.
The beach animals’ simple parts belie their complex construction and behaviors. Mechanical nerves trigger reflexes that border on thought. Always, survival is the goal. One beest detects an incoming tide, turns, and beats a retreat to higher ground. Another, sensing the high winds of a storm, pounds an anchor into the sand to keep itself from blowing away.
The product of a 25-year lineage of ongoing evolution, each species of strandbeest bears a Latin name reflective of its unique character and adaptations. Animaris Currens Vaporis, or “walking steam animal,” puffs like a steam engine. Animaris Vermiculus,or “worm animal,” wriggles like its namesake.
Often, newer species retain the successful anatomical features of their predecessors and shed what fails to serve. In this way, innovations in form, tools, and technique—the haphazard lessons of sheer trial and error—shape the strandbeests over time.
2006- Small but mobile, Ordis is an opportunist, exploiting wind and human power alike to expand its territory.
2012 – Drowning is a real danger for strandbeests, living as they do by the seashore.
Wagging its nose here and there, Adulari samples its surroundings in an effort to detect incoming surface. If nerves in its nose detect water,Adulari reverses direction, heading for higher—and safer—ground.
animaris umerus segundus
2012 – Nose to the ground, this beest pushes itself forward using energy stored in a row of wind stomachs—plastic bottles along the beest’s shoulder. It’s the location of these stomachs that inspire the name Umerus, or “shoulder,” in Latin.
If you are interested in knowing more about these unmatched machines, you can attend the demos taken place on the dates announced on here.
I hope you’d enjoy this new trends, and keep checking on our previous posts, we will resume our talk soon. Kisses for all of you 😉