Invitation-Only Opening Reception for Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen

With photography by Lena Herzog

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)<br>

Admission is complimentary for Catalyst Circle level and above donors.

Note: Donors and invited guests must RSVP by May 15. Questions about how to RSVP? Please contact Allison Frost: or 415.528.4866.

Join us May 25, 2016, for the exclusive opening reception for Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. Be among the first guests to experience these enormous, kinetic sculptures that mesmerize with their eerily lifelike motion. Constructed largely of PVC tubing, Jansen’s creations walk a wandering, wind-blown line between art and engineering, mechanics and biology.

On tour for the first time in North America, the exhibition is illuminated by artist sketches, immersive video, live demonstrations, and the lyrical photography of Lena Herzog, who spent more than seven years documenting the strandbeests’ evolution.

Meet artists Theo Jansen and Lena Herzog, see the beests in motion, and enjoy “beest-themed” bites and beverages.

Photos © Lena Herzog

Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Audemars Piguet provided generous support as the tour's National Sponsor. This exhibition is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. ABC7 is the local media sponsor with additional support from SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle.

GL Associates is the opening events sponsor.