No. 8 – Strandbeests.

Should you be walking along a windy beach in Northern Europe, don’t be alarmed if you see a large, multi-legged creature shuffling toward you.  Most likely it is a Strandbeest.  They are delicate, gentle, and even poetic, and mean you no harm.

Progeny of a Dutch artist named Theo Jansen, they were first created in 1990.  Jansen has always been an artist at heart, but studied physics in college and knows a thing or two about engineering.  The beests are constantly evolving, and can now store air for windless times and sense water and oncoming storms.


View them in their natural habitat here: