Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Theo Jansen

The beast, the drawing. and the man

Somebody sent me a link to “Strandbeast” and I was stunned.   OMG: the people out there and the incredible things they are doing(!).  Since 1990 Theo Jansen (1948- ) has been creating wind-walking works of artificial life (building large mechanisms out of plastic pipes and bottles that are able to move on their own).  We sometimes hear aesthetic purists exclaim a separation between fine art and illustration…Jansen says “ The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.”