Archive for February 23rd, 2011

Plumbing on the March

I came across this video from the BBC that features the work of Dutch artist Theo Jansen, kinetic sculptures called strandbeests.  Made from simple PVC pipe, an inexpensive product found in any hardware store, Jansen has over the years created creatures that prowl the Dutch beaches, starting first with smaller ones that required Jansen to pull them along until evolving to larger, more intricate beasts that are wind powered.  He evens mentions that these creatures have the ability to detcet and avoid obstacles.  It’s an ingenius blending of art and engineering.

Plus it’s just neat to watch.

The BBC video is a nice intro to his work and more can be found at his Strandbeest website, which features more short videos of his many creations in motion.  Maybe you’ll see one on a beach near you soon.

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