Jansen studied physics at the University of Delft, where he was involved in several projects which combined physics and art, including a UFO and a painting machine. Jansen says: "The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds."
A fusion of aesthetics and physics, his creations are also able to store air pressure and use it to drive them in the absence of wind: "Self-propelling beach animals like Animaris Percipiere have a stomach. This consists of recycled plastic bottles containing air, that can be pumped up to a high pressure by the wind." Theo's more sophisticated creations are able to detect once they have entered water and walk away from it, and one species will even anchor itself to the earth if it senses a storm approaching.
After viewing the photographs below, be sure to click on the video links to see the strandbeests in action.
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