A traveling exhibit of Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s wind-powered Strandbeests (“beach animals”) makes its only West Coast appearance at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, opening tomorrow and running through Labor Day. We got a chance to talk to Jansen and see his massive creations up close and in action.
We love watching Theo Jansen's kinetic sculpture strandbeests walk about in real life, and it's not hard to imagine them as real, sentient creatures. David Lance agrees, bringing Jansen-like robots to CG life in his beautiful short film The Future Forms of Life, in which prancing robots promenade through a city, and…
Theo Jansen makes art that runs on air. Air, and merciless, swift mechanical legs.
There was something terrifying about the Lego walking machine, but this little guy seems harmless enough as he scuttles across the table. Maybe because we both know that at any moment, I can easily recycle him.