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Theo Jansen & his Kinetic Strandbeests…

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

One of my colleagues here in the office was sent a link to an intriguing clip of film earlier today…

Watch it from about 45 seconds in and then marvel at the fluidity of the Strandbeest’s movement…

It’s really quite spooky, a thing almost alive and independent, with beautiful junctions, cams and bearings that allow the “animals” to move, and all made from PVC pipes.

The Vimeo clip below is from a film currently being made about Theo Jansen, who has been making, developing and refining these things for over 20 years now, and it really highlights how complex they need to be to create such effortless and fluid motion unaided.

Jansen thinks of these intriguing constructions as new forms of life and hopes that they will eventually develop into self sufficient entities inhabiting the beaches of the future, a task that he is dedicating the next twenty years of his life to, teaching them how to adapt and survive…

I have no idea how mad this actuually is or how successful he will be in his goal, but I wish him well. I think it’s good to have a dream and it would undoubtably be pretty amazing to see herds of these seemingly freewilled creatures gliding across the horizon powered only by the wind and the sun…

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  1. Meech
    November 27, 2012 at 11:37

    Thanks for this Joe! – Theo and his creatures are amazing! Hope you and And are well!

    • November 27, 2012 at 12:08

      Hi Meech..
      These machines really are quite special aren’t they?
      Lovely to hear from you, I hope you’re both well too. We really must meet up soon.
      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.
      Joe x

  2. November 27, 2012 at 17:52

    Awesome! I love reading your blog – always something new and interesting to read and learn. Thankyou.

    • November 27, 2012 at 18:18

      Hi Bridget
      You are too kind. I will try to keep it interesting.
      Thanks for following and taking the time to comment, very much appreciated.
      Joe

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