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March 20, 2009

Kinetic Animal Sculptures by Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen's walking sculptures

 

In keeping with the movable aspects of our artistic pursuits at Popular Kinetics, we love the intriguing large-scale sculptures of Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Jansen refers to his works as “animals” and bases their movements on those of insects, sea forms and other living creatures. His sculptures walk on their own along beaches in The Neatherlands, using a traditional Dutch source of energy: the wind.

Jansen’s work crosses borders between art, engineering, and bio-engineering. His artificial life forms “evolve” as he evaluates and improves the characteristics and movements which allow these “beach beasts” to survive outdoors in the elements.

Watch the video of the sculptures here: http://www.wimp.com/theojansen/

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October 1, 2008

Arthur Ganson’s Machine with 23 Scraps of Paper

Filed under: crafts, performace art — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 5:44 am

One of the highlights of this year’s New Works session at Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, was seeing videos of Arthur Ganson’s incredible sculptural machines. This one, titled “Machine with 23 Scraps of Paper,” is cool and elegant. Others are lively, humorous, even touching. They all are strikingly inventive, combining a knowledge of mechanics with theatricality and a bit of dance and mime. You can see several of the videos on YouTube, or link to them through his web site, http://www.arthurganson.com/pages/Sculptures.html

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