Modern Day Leonardo

Theo Jansen's Strandbeest animaris percipiere

Kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen’s animaris percipiere made of PVC piping. One of his Strandbeests. It moves like an animal with nothing more than wind locomotion.

If you’ve been wondering where all the modern day Leonardo da Vinci’s are, well, here’s one. His name is Theo Jansen, a kinetic sculptor that lives in Holland. He calls his “animals” Strandbeests. Check out this video from the BBC’s Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention, Episode 1 Preview:

http://www.wimp.com/kineticsculpture/

If that link doesn’t work, here’s the YouTube version:

And here’s Theo’s own website, Strandbeest:

http://www.strandbeest.com/

Here’s his write-up on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_Jansen

There’s also a lot more out there on him. Check him out. He’s one fascinating guy!

Jansen's rhinoceros

Jansen’s rhinoceros

One of Jansen's drawings

One of Jansen’s drawings

Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen, amazing kinetic sculptor.

Waitsel Smith

Waitsel Smith, February 11, 2011

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