Artist of the Week: Theo Jansen


Kinetic sculptor and artist Theo Jansen builds “strandbeests” from yellow plastic tubing that is readily available in his native Holland. The graceful creatures evolve over time as Theo adapts their designs to harness the wind more efficiently. They are powered only by the wind and even store some of the wind’s energy in plastic bottle “stomachs” to be used when there is no wind. According to the artist, “over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storm and water and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.” Absolutely breathtaking and inspiring.

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