Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest
Dutch artist Theo Jansen specializes in building large mechanisms out of PVC that are able to move on their own, known as “Strandbeest.” Jansen has been creating the wind-walking beasts since the early 90s. The creations are also able to store air pressure and use it to drive them in the absence of wind.
Theo Jansen in his own words
“Since 1990 I have been occupied creating new forms of life. 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. Over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storm and water and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.”