Daily Art Muse reader Robin Johnston sent along a link to Theo Jansen’s TED talk. Listen to Jansen as he describes the project that he has worked on for the last 16 years – a menagerie of enormous constructed beasts that walk along the beach learning how to survive on their own. He refers to the kinetic sculptures as a new life form and explains how he really did reinvent the wheel. This is genius at work.
His newest creatures walk without assistance on the beaches of Holland, powered by wind, captured by gossamer wings that flap and pump air into old lemonade bottles that in turn power the creatures’ many plastic spindly legs.
Fascinating. Want more? Me too. Take a look at this short trailer from a documentary about the creatures.