Today we are going to talk about one of today's most peculiar artists. The DutchmanTheo Jansen(1948 –), a creator who has something of aRenaissance man, as his work can be considered fusion of art, science and philosophy
His works are theBeach Beasts or Strandbeest. Huge structures in the shape of dinosaur skeletons or gigantic insects that are capable of moving by themselves along the Dutch beaches, moved only by the force of the wind.
Strandbeest by Theo Jansen
Some forms that go far beyond the idea and the talent for engineering. Jansen developed an algorithm to generate these constructions in computer models, thus seeing which of those models moved better or solved the problems of the undulation of the sand, among many other issues to take into account. And after seeing the most successful models, every summer he materialized them using materials such as PVC pipes, nylon, flanges, plastic bottles. In this way he achieved large structures capable of moving through the sand. But that's only the first step.
With the results, the algorithm generates new models each season to solve more problems, such as knowing how to anchor in case there is a lot of wind, knowing how to choose the compact sand or move away from the water, and even transport someone. All of this followsthat same process of computer models, selection of the best and materialization.
It is a process of evolution, which the author himself relates to Charles Darwin. His goal is for this evolution to be constant and not even need human participation for it.
One of Jansen's Beach Beasts
The truth is that the process of his life is no longer just a work of kinetic art as it is sometimes described.Jansenhas made his algorithm public, and it is searchable on the internet. So other people from other parts of the planet are making replicas, and even improvements of their Beach Beasts, since their dream is that there will be herds of them. And as we said, they evolve in a certain way by themselves. Although it is clear, and he is aware, that they will always need the man, at least for maintenance work. For this reason, he tries to generate a group of disciples who continue with this unique and exciting work at the same time, and that this evolution and those beasts will not be abandoned once he dies.
The objectives may seem more or less plausible to us, but what is undeniable is that when one of their Strandbeest is seen walking through the sand, it is an impressive and beautiful image. Something that we have even seen all in advertisements for a famous car brand. And perhaps for this reason, instead of some photos, a video of this wonderful madness should appear in this post.