Inspired by Theo Jansen’s marvelous creations, we dove into explorations of mechanical motion during the summer of 2016. We experimented with linkages, automata, plus a variety of mechanisms and materials and created our own mechanical marvels.
We explored 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.
The legendary Adam Savage built his own beest inspired by the kinetic artworks of Theo Jansen. Over the course of three days, Savage assembled countless steel pieces into a towering, pedal-powered walking machine.
Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen was organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Audemars Piguet provided generous support as the tour's National Sponsor. This exhibition was supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. ABC7 was the exhibition’s local media sponsor with additional support from SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle.