Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests

25 July

 Upon their arrival, Miss Gina explained what the word strandbeest means. Strand in Dutch translates to beach and beest means animal. Thus these wind walkers are beach animals.

Upon their arrival, Miss Gina explained what the word strandbeest means. Strand in Dutch translates to beach and beest means animal. Thus these wind walkers are beach animals.

 Animaris Sabulosa. This was the first animal capable of walking sideways against the direction of the wind.

Animaris Sabulosa. This was the first animal capable of walking sideways against the direction of the wind.

 Theo Jansen, the artist from the Netherlands, labelled this as a fossil as it can no longer move.

Theo Jansen, the artist from the Netherlands, labelled this as a fossil as it can no longer move.

 The children had the opportunity to watch videos of the different strandbeests moving on actual beaches.

The children had the opportunity to watch videos of the different strandbeests moving on actual beaches.

 The children had the opportunity to watch videos of the different strandbeests moving on actual beaches.

The children had the opportunity to watch videos of the different strandbeests moving on actual beaches.

 These are the different parts that are used to create the strandbeests. They are made of PVC tubes.

These are the different parts that are used to create the strandbeests. They are made of PVC tubes.

 Sketches of his thought process was also displayed at the exhibition.

Sketches of his thought process was also displayed at the exhibition.

 Theo Jansen used different equipment to make the structures.

Theo Jansen used different equipment to make the structures.

 The children felt the texture and weight of the different pieces.

The children felt the texture and weight of the different pieces.

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 The artist tried using different materials to make the strandbeests. Wood was one of the materials he chose to work with.

The artist tried using different materials to make the strandbeests. Wood was one of the materials he chose to work with.

 Theo Jansen made Animaris Rhinoceros with wood.

Theo Jansen made Animaris Rhinoceros with wood.

 Animaris Burchus Uminami. This strandbeest resembles a caterpillar when it moves.

Animaris Burchus Uminami. This strandbeest resembles a caterpillar when it moves.

 Animaris Burchus Uminami. Uminami means sea waves in Japanese. The flowing movement inspired its name. Unlike the others, this has to be pulled across by hand

Animaris Burchus Uminami. Uminami means sea waves in Japanese. The flowing movement inspired its name. Unlike the others, this has to be pulled across by hand

 Animaris Proboscis. These strandbeests look like they are speaking to each other when they move.

Animaris Proboscis. These strandbeests look like they are speaking to each other when they move.

 Animaris Proboscis. These strandbeests look like they are speaking to each other when they move.

Animaris Proboscis. These strandbeests look like they are speaking to each other when they move.

 The bottles on the strandbeest store the compressed air. The stored energy is used when there is no wind.

The bottles on the strandbeest store the compressed air. The stored energy is used when there is no wind.

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 The guide explained to us that Jansen created these strandbeests to inspire others to create their own strandbeests.

The guide explained to us that Jansen created these strandbeests to inspire others to create their own strandbeests.

 Animaris Turgentia Vela. The sails enable the Vela to be set in motion by gentle breezes.

Animaris Turgentia Vela. The sails enable the Vela to be set in motion by gentle breezes.

 Animaris Rectus. The strandbeests are constantly at risk of being blown over by strong winds. The Rectus is able to detect the oncoming winds and when it is detected, it will peg itself to the sand.

Animaris Rectus. The strandbeests are constantly at risk of being blown over by strong winds. The Rectus is able to detect the oncoming winds and when it is detected, it will peg itself to the sand.

 Animaris Umerus Segundus. The plastic bottles store the compressed air which is the energy reserve for movement. This strandbeest only lasted 26 seconds on the beach.

Animaris Umerus Segundus. The plastic bottles store the compressed air which is the energy reserve for movement. This strandbeest only lasted 26 seconds on the beach.

 Everyone enjoyed the WIndwalkers exhibition.

Everyone enjoyed the WIndwalkers exhibition.