Wind-Powered Creatures Roam the Beaches of Holland: See Them in Action

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Wind-Powered Creatures Roam the Beaches of Holland: See Them in Action

Theo Jansen is a kinetic sculptor and builder in Holland, and he's been taking his art to the beaches. Jansen builds what he has dubbed 'strandbeests' from yellow PVC tubing. See the video below, which explains how his creatures have evolved over time.

Design, video, beach, beesties, sculpture, theo jansen

Design, video, beach, beesties, sculpture, theo jansen

Design, video, beach, beesties, sculpture, theo jansen

We know that the wind holds great potential for power, but after seeing it harnessed to move these large creatures elegantly and almost effortlessly down the coast, it makes me feel as if there is an even greater potential that we're missing. I also love Jansen's thought about his sculptures: it's "just like you raise your children, and then there comes a day when you can kick them out of the door."

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Thanks for sharing Marcie!

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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