Dutch artist Theo Jansen creates beautiful kinetic sculptures that “live” on the beach and use wind power to walk. Named “strandbeests”, they move in a fluid manner that’s incredibly lifelike. The creatures also have a degree of intelligence built in. They can sense when they have reached predetermined boundaries, either the water or the dry sand, and walk away from the edge back to the wet sand area they inhabit.
While we’ve written about Jansen’s ‘strandbeests’ before, his recent speech at the TED conference [below] inspired us to share his lovely creations again.