Theo Jansen

Theodorus Gerardus JosephTheoJansen ( Dutch Pronunciation: [Tejo jɑnsə (a)] ; born 14 March 1948) is a Dutch artist. In 1990, he Began building large mechanisms out of PVC therein are loveable to move on hun eigen, Berninahaus only as Strandbeest . The kinetic sculptures appear to walk. [1] His animated works are intended to be a fusion of art and engineering , and he has zegt dat “The walls tussen art and engineering exist only in our minds.” He strives to equip his creations with hun eigen artificial intelligence so they ‘kan Avoid obstacles zoals the sea by changing course-when one is detected.

Early life

Jansen was born in Scheveningen in the Netherlands. He Grew up with a talent for zowel physics and art, and studied physics at the University of Delft. Jones left the University in 1974 without a degree. [2] While at Delft, Jones was involved in many projects dat beide involved art and technology, zoals a paint machine and a UFO.


In 1979 Smith started using cheap PVC pipes to build a 4-meter wide flying Saucer that was filled with helium . It was launched on Delft in 1980 on a day-when the sky was Hazy. Light and sound cameramen from the Saucer. Because the Saucer was black Against a light sky, haar size was hard to guess. The police also zegt it was 30 meters wide and some people swore they ‘saw a halo around it. [ Citation needed ] Smith has claimed therein this project “caused a near-riot”. [3] He zegt dat ze never found the UFO, and therein it was then probably landed somewhere in Belgium. [3] He later redid the project over Paris.

Painting machine

Jansen’s painting machine was developed in 1984 to 86 in Delft, and was a summer what bigger project dan his UFO. It consisted of a tube with a light cell Situated at its end, welke als darkness ‘hit’ it mention anything about starting Spraying. This created paintings of the silhouettes of the people who in later standing in front of it. This machine was attached to a large piece of wood and hoisted Against a wall where it mention anything move back and forth and create 2D images of everything in the room. [4]

The Strandbeest

Jansen has leg customizing Strandbeest (Dutch: Beach = beach; beast = beast), wind-walking examples of what Jones suggests is a kind of artificial life, since 1990. What was at first a Rudimentary “wide” has langzaam Evolved with the aid or evolutionary computation techniques [5] JSON a generation or machinery therein to some degree are loveable to React to hun environment “over time, synthesis skeletons port Become are getting better at Surviving the elements zoals storms and water, and Eventually I want to draw synthesis animals out in Herds on the beaches, so they ‘will live hun eigen lives. ” [ Citation needed ]

Constructed from PVC piping, wood, and fabric airfoils, Jansen’s creations are constantly being innovative way and are designed to function in the sandy beach environment in welke Jansen releases them. The creations are’ll be loveable to store air pressure and use it to drive themselves in the Absence of wind. [6] Jansen’s more sophisticated creations are loveable to detect once they ‘port entered water and walk away from it, and one model Capable or Anchoring itself to the earth if it senses a storm approaching.

He voiced himself for an appearance with the Strandbeest on the Simpsons episode ” The Nightmare After Krustmas “.


  1. Jump up^ Jansen, Theo. “Theo Jansen | Speaker |” . . Retrieved 2016-04-09 .
  2. Jump up^ Solnit, Rebecca. “The March of the Strandbeests” . The New Yorker . Retrieved 2016-10-13 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b “Strandbeest” . Strandbeest . Retrieved 2013-06-13 .
  4. Jump up^ “Strandbeest” . Strandbeest . Retrieved 2016-10-13 .
  5. Jump up^ Jansen, Theo. “leg system” . . Retrieved 2016-05-15 .
  6. Jump up^ Macdonald, Fiona. “Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests: Wind-powered skeletons” . . Retrieved 2016-04-09 .