Three-Day Build: Adam Savage’s Pedal-Powered Beest

Tuesday through Thursday, July 5–7, 2016

Exploratorium, Pier 15, North Gallery

Included with museum admission.

See the legendary Adam Savage (Mythbusters, build his own mechanical beest using mechanics based on and inspired by the kinetic artworks of Theo Jansen. Over the course of three days, Savage will assemble countless steel pieces into an 8-foot-tall walking machine with 12 feet (in sneakers!) that steers like a tank while its rider works bicycle pedals to lift its feet.

Savage will test his newly completed creature at After Dark: BYOBeest, an evening of mechanical wonders converging after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. If you are visiting the Exploratorium on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, be sure to stop by the North Gallery to witness this beest-in-progress, or see Savage engage its first steps at After Dark.

Presented with the support of Roger Wu and Ruth Hauser Wu.

Adam Savage has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real. He's built everything from ancient Buddhas to futuristic weapons, from spaceships to dancing vegetables, from fine art sculptures to animated chocolate—and just about anything else you can think of. Along with Jamie Hyneman, Adam hosted the beloved Discovery Channel series MythBusters, which ran continuously from January 2003 to March 2016. Adam currently stars in and produces digital content for and continues teaching, lecturing, and consulting on a variety of topics.

Adam Savage’s three-day build is presented in conjunction with the temporary exhibition Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen, which runs May 27–September 5.


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 exhibition’s local media sponsor with additional support from SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle.