Art & Design

This Dutch Artist’s ‘Strandbeest’ Creatures Are Majestic

Art & Design

This Dutch Artist’s ‘Strandbeest’ Creatures Are Majestic

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“Since 1990 I have been occupied creating new forms of life,” Dutch artist Theo Jansen says. “Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic material of this new nature. I make skeletons that are able to walk on the wind, so they don’t have to eat.”

The result are what he calls Strandbeests, and they’re gorgeous feats of design and art.

The “life forms” are constructed using PVC tubes, and their legs are given movement by wind-power collected in sails. You can see them in motion in the video below.

Jansen’s work will be on display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts beginning in September, with a number of other showings leading up to the opening around the area this summer. More details here. h/t Boston Magazine.