Conventional ways of thinking about art, science and engineering would typically lead us to conceive of them as separate, mutually exclusive realms. Dutch artist Theo Jansen, however, seamlessly straddles their boundaries with his world-famous sculptures and inorganic life – the Strandbeests.
Conceptualised initially as a solution to global warming, the Strandbeests are synonymous with the iconic PVC pipes that they’re made of. The unique form of artificial life is birthed from an artistic application of engineering principles.
The Strandbeests posses a looming grace especially when they’re seen in movement, walking in unique gaits reminiscent of real-life animal behaviour. Aided by computational techniques and driven by a desire to follow evolution theory, the Strandbeests have grown in the complexity of form and function as well.
Newer generations of Strandbeests are not just more intricate in design, but are also able to behave in more intelligent ways, such as actively detecting and avoiding water as they walk along the beaches of Holland.
Read our full commentary of the looming Strandbeests here.