Theo Jansen kinetic sculpture

Kinetic Sculpture

These amazing kinetic sculptures harnesses the wind, water  and air pressure, combined with amazing technical design to propel his ‘animals’ across their environment.

Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals and are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands. His works are a fusion of art and engineering; hence his ‘animals’ appearance in commercial for BMW.

Since 1990 Theo Jansen has been occupied with the making of a new nature. Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic material of this new nature. He makes skeletons which are able to walk on the wind. Eventually he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives

Animaris Umerus, Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands (2009). Courtesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Loek van der Klis

Is this futuristic art or a futuristic form of engineering meets alternative energy?

See a lot more of these fantastic  structures at Theo’s website