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Theo Jansen

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Theo Jansen

Inventor of 'beach animals'
Languages : English, Dutch

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Theo Jansen studied Technical Science in Delft, Holland, but he became a painter. Since 1990 he is occupied making a new forms of live. Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic material of this new nature. He makes skeletons that are able to walk on the wind, so they don’t have to eat. During the years, they became better and the better in surviving circumstances, like storm and water. Eventually he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they

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Theo Jansen studied Technical Science in Delft, Holland, but he became a painter. Since 1990 he is occupied making a new forms of live. Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic material of this new nature. He makes skeletons that are able to walk on the wind, so they don’t have to eat. During the years, they became better and the better in surviving circumstances, like storm and water. Eventually he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.

Theo Jansen was columnist of the Volkskrant (national Dutch Newspaper) from 1986-2008. There were articles about his work in the New Scientist, Wired and Popular Science.

His exhibition in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam (2002) drew 14000 visiters. He wrote three books about technical art and evolution. Several television performances (PBS, CNN, Discovery Channel, BBC-news) .

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Cover van The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender

ISBN: 978-90-645-0630-7

Since 1990 Theo Jansen has been engaged in creating new forms of life, most notably in the form of skeletal beach animals. These forms are not made of protein, but of plastic tubing, and are able to walk with energy absorbed from the wind. Gradually evolving over several generations, these creatures are becoming more adept at coping with their beach environments the creator hopes that they will eventually reach a level of independence and self sufficiency. Here the riveting story of Jansen and the evolution undergone by his creations is told.

Theo Jansen Animaris Umerus
Theo Jansen Animaris Umerus
Theo Jansen Strandbeesten - The Beginning
Theo Jansen Strandbeesten - The Beginning