Theo Jansen a Dutch artist & his Strandbeests, incredible wind-powered walking sculptures, and those inspired by them. Jansen debuted a the UMINAMI a slimmed down sleeker version of his previous Strandbeest designs with redesigned joints./laughingsquid
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UMINAMI, the new strandbeest doesn’t have hinging joints like the classical strandbeests. So they don’t get sand in their joints and you don’t have to lubricate them.
Jansen has been creating his signature, wind-fueled, kinetic sculptures from PVC pipe, wood, fabric airfoils, recycled plastic bottles, plastic tubes, and other materials since 1990.
Wind-catching sails extend out from the sides like wings. Its front legs walk quickly and smoothly across the sand while its back legs send ripples through its caterpillar-like back.