Theo Jansen, Dutch artist & sculptor of the kinetic art movement, has been working since many years on strandbeest (beach creature), plastic contraptions that move with wind power. This sculptor is originally a physicist. Inspired by the theory of genetic evolution, Theo Jansen has been creating moving sculptures since 10 years. These sculptures called Strandbeest usually represent prehistoric animals that move in the wind or with a helping hand of their creator.
Fabricated with tissue and tubular structures and plastic electrical material that can only be found in the Netherlands and Switzerland, these creatures are able to move with their legs that move in circular movements. Theo Jansen admits to have reinvented the wheel because the legs can move without touching the ground. The compressed air in the tubes and plastic bottles is guided through vents , thereby activating a hydraulic system that allows the creatures to move. Theo Jansen has already developed some incredible feats of technology by combining aeronautics, robotics and mathematics. He already invented a flying saucer in 1980 and a painting robot. But his real passion is Strandbeest. Since he started, Theo has created 7 enormous moving creatures. The latest one is Animaris Suspendisse, a giant creature measuring 10 metres long and 4 metres high.