Experience Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. On tour for the first time in North America, Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s strandbeests—or “beach animals”—are kinetic sculptures that blur the lines between art, machine, and life.
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Celebrate acclaimed Dutch artist Jansen’s most recently realized Strandbeest creations, a “fossil” hall revealing the evolution of his iterative process and artistic ingenuity, videos featuring the artist discussing his 25-year endeavor, artist’s sketches, and large-scale images by photographer Lena Herzog.
Explore the creative process behind Theo Jansen’s extraordinary strandbeests—self-propelled creatures made primarily of PVC—during a conversation with the artist and Marina McDougall, Director of the Exploratorium’s Center for Art & Inquiry.