Tinspider-Walking Demo

By Scott Parenteau

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Exploratorium, Pier 15, North Gallery

Included with museum admission.

Inspired by Theo Jansen’s strandbeests and Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, Scott Parenteau initially created his tin spider to cruise around the playa at Burning Man. Primarily constructed out of sheet metal, this massive walking pod enables its pilot to glide over hostile terrain while sitting comfortably inside an acrylic-paneled dome.

Tinspider will be on view in the North Gallery from June 28–July 17.

By day, Scott Parenteau is a commercial welder who runs his own sheet metal fabricating business in Sacramento along with 3 other colleagues. By night, he constructs metal geodesic dome mutant vehicles and pod cabins.

Tinspider is presented in conjunction with the temporary exhibition Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.

Photo credit: Tinspider by John David Tupper.


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. ABC7 is the exhibition’s local media sponsor.