Theo Jansen – and his Strandbeesten (Dutch for “beach beasts”) art in motion –

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Theo Jansen

– and his Strandbeesten

(Dutch for “beach beasts”) art in motion –

About art… one never ceases to be astonished !

As said by my dear friend Louise F. – The ingenuity of this artist,
 is a marvel, and his museum is simply … the beach.

À propos d’art… on ne cesse pas d’être étonné!

Pour citer ma chère amie Louise F. – L’ingéniosité de cet artiste,
 est une merveille! Et son musée est tout simplement… la plage.

SINCE 1990 JASEN HAS BEEN CREATING
A NEW FORM OF ART IN MOTION
THAT LIVES ON THE BEACH

Jansen is a planar leg mechanism designed by the kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen to generate a smooth walking motion. Jansen has used his mechanism in a variety of kinetic sculptures which are known as Strandbeesten (Dutch for “beach beasts”). Jansen’s linkage bears artistic as well as mechanical merit for its simulation of organic walking motion using a simple rotary input. These leg mechanisms have applications in mobile robotics and in gait analysis.

10 thoughts on “Theo Jansen – and his Strandbeesten (Dutch for “beach beasts”) art in motion –

    • I echo your sentiments… I was so taken by his all encompassing genus, from his sensational artistic and creative design to the finished brilliant, living model. Knowing of Theo Jansen ‘s presence on our planet, make me feel reassured, something that we sadly cannot say about too many creative humans of that stature, in this day and age…

  1. These ingenious inventions of extraordinary creations, held art in motion, is so unique as to keep one in awe long after we have first witnessed these magnificent “stranbeetens” as in beach beasts moving around as though truly alive. Theo Jansen is truly a genus!

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