Created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen, the Strandbeest is created by rudimentary objects such as PVC piping, wood and sails and contains no electrical or motorised parts; it is instead powered by the wind.
The Strandbeest has steadily evolved into more complex working structures. Some even having the ability to store wind power in the absence of a breeze, being able to nail pins into the sand when wind power becomes too great, and even sensing when they have entered the water or encountered an object so they can then avoid the obstruction.
Theo Jansen is ever improving and changing these creatures, and does have a final plan for them saying: “over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storms and water, and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives”.
We’re thrilled to announce Calder: Hypermobility, opening June 9. The exhibition will bring together a rich constellation of kinetic works by Alexander Calder, and provide a rare opportunity to experience them as the artist intended—in motion. An extensive series of performances, concerts, events, screenings, and new commissions will bring contemporary artists into dialogue with Calder’s work, and will demonstrate the many ways his art continues to challenge and inform new generations.
Homemade, drill powered walking machine that you can ride inspired by Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculpture walking beast. With a diy gear box and a dewalt 20 volt drill it can handle loaded of up to 370 lbs
Help grow a garden of ginormous, glowing, origami-inspired mushrooms for Burning Man this year.
Last year, the group of designers, engineers, and makers who comprise the arts and technology collective FoldHaus created Blumen Lumen, an installation of oversized flowers that open and close and change colors in response to the environment. This year, they’re back with Shrumen Lumen — a cluster of five interactive kinetic fungi that glow, fold up, and change color and shape. Filled with more than 1,600 computer-controlled color LEDs, with mushroom caps that span 12 feet in diameter, the sculptures will change color and shape depending on how people interact with octagonal control pads spread throughout the mushroom garden.
See how the team is making progress and lend a green-thumbed hand right here.
Vik Muniz Lampedusa, 2015 a 45 foot wood and paper boat on view at the 56th Venice Biennale
Muniz created this work in response to the tragedy that unfolded in October 2013, when a boat carrying migrants from Libya capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa, leaving up to 360 dead.The wooden structure of Muniz’s Lampedusa was fabricated by expert Venetian artisans. It is emblazoned with a giant reproduction of an Italian newspaper reporting on the immigrant tragedy.