Theo Jansen (born in The Hague, Netherlands) 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 animated works are a fusion of art and engineering; in a car company television commercial Jansen says: "The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds."
Photos above are of his latest creatures "Animaris Umerus", just one of his many strandbeasts shown now on display in Zurich Switzerland.
Theo Jansen's website: http://www.strandbeest.com/index.html
Events 2009: http://www.strandbeest.com/events.html
(Netherlands, Shrewsbury UK, Seoul, Tokyo, Zurich, Belgium)
Since about ten years Theo Jansen is 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.