Theo Jansen Creates the Newest Art on Earth
Theo Jansen is an artist with a scientist’s mind. He succeeded in creating a “creature” made of PVC pipe and could “live” only with the help of the wind power around it. Jansen’s creature is named Strandbeest. He is free to move in the coastal area around his house in the Netherlands.
Jansen spent 24 years developing Strandbeest which he called a “new species on earth”. The initial idea came when he wrote a column in a newspaper about looking for ways to prevent the erosion of dunes in the Netherlands. The idea is that maybe he could create a creature on the beach, which is moved by the wind and could gather sand to build hills. “This is a way to save the Netherlands from drowning in the increasingly high North Sea,” said Jansen.
He then built a machine using plastic tubes from Do It Yourself (DIY) shops and forgot about his original goal of making “beest”. In fact, Jansen became interested in the possibility of creating new species of man-made animals. Just look at Strandbeest’s movements in the following video. Really like life!