Monday, August 20, 2018


OK, THESE STRANGE CRITTERS are not exactly our usual scale model fare, but the Dutch artist Theo Jansen surely shares the care and craftsmanship we put into our own miniatures.

SMN report: The video highlights the continuing story of Theo Jansen's Strandbeests ('beach beasts'). His Strandbeests are skeletal creations,  technically known as kinetic structures, made from a mixture of tubes, string, zip-ties, and fabric that allows them to walk along a beach, powered only by the wind. 

Theo's latest design is perhaps his best yet. He says his plans for the future include include putting "...these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives."

We've featured Theo's Strandbeests before. The evolution video here shows his latest version of the idea, which he first started nearly three decades ago, in 1990.

For more Strandbeests at SMN, click here and here

And click here for a Strandbeest model kit.