Project2501  
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Kinetic Sculptures
"Theo Jansen, artist, studied science at the University of Delft Holland. The first seven years being a artist he just made paintings. Then he starts a project with a big flying saucer, which could really fly. It flew over the town of Delft in 1980 and brought the people in the street and the police in commotion. Since about ten years he is occupied with the making of a new nature. Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic matierial of this new nature. He makes skeletons which are able to walk on the wind. Eventualy he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives."

"Animals are machines as well," said Jansen. "I was making animals with just the tubes because they were cheap but later on they turned out to be very helpful in making artificial life because they are very flexible and multifunctional as well. I see it now as a sort of protein — in nature, everything is almost made of protein and you have various uses of protein; you can make nails, hair, skin and bones. There's a lot of variety in what you can do with just one material and this is what I try to do as well."

His projects are out of this world...




Check out an interview with Theo Jansen:

Theo Jansen's Web Site


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josh     Mon, Jun 11, 2007  Permanent link
“the walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds”

i wonder how those things stop once they get in motion?

p.s. great first post
alborz     Mon, Jun 11, 2007  Permanent link
This was awesome. I'd love to see his sketches and designs for these.
Project2501     Mon, Jun 11, 2007  Permanent link
well I doubt there are a ton of public "sketches" of the work as it is extremely detailed however I did come across a computer generated simulation of movement he uses....



And then another of the drive drive shaft of the movement...



josh     Tue, Jun 12, 2007  Permanent link
it reminds me very much of soda constructor, which has been out for years
alborz     Tue, Jun 12, 2007  Permanent link
Man, soda constructor reminds me of a similar thing I'd found in high school - that was more of a partical simulator with settings like the gravity of individual particals you created, wind, and the like - so you could create orbits for example. You could also create membranes and walls to see how these particles reacted to things in their environment as well as each other. I've, much to my continual frustration, completely forgotten what the thing was called.
folkert     Thu, Jul 19, 2007  Permanent link
Hey Codin—we need another post. This one was great but now we want more.