While creeping around Strombo’s (George Stroumboulopoulos) CBC website today, I found an article regarding a creative and clever Dutch “kinetic sculptor” named Theo Jansen.
Theo’s has spent over two decades creating and unleashing a series of huge PVC creatures known as “Strandbeests” (Beach Beasts) on the sandy shores in his native country. Using the wind as their power source, these plastic works of living art are able to move independently in a smooth, alien-like way along the sand in a motion that is nothing short of fascinating.
The following video from the BBC’s “Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention” gives you a good look at Theo’s creations as they come to life and march along the beach in an eerily organic lifelike way.
A little more digging around and I was able to find this great TED talk that Theo Jansen gave in March 2007. It gives a good account of the thinking behind these creations from the lips of their creator.