This summer, kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen has been working on a herd of new strandbeests -- large, intricate, wind-powered, animal-like sculptures. Later this month, he will be at a beach in Den Haag, Holland to "try out" his six animal herd for the public.
The otherworldly strandbeests evolve over time as Jansen adapts their designs, incorporating new features that enable them to better function in their windy seaside "habitat."
Below is a video of one of the recent strandbeest species, Animaris adulari, which is described on Jansen's website as:
...relatively small, five meters long and three meters high. It can survive strong winds. It has a wagging neck and a wagging tail. Theo tries to use the wagging movement to steer the animal. If the wind is 3bfrt or stronger, it will walk on the wind.
Leslie is the online editor at Workboat.com and NationalFisherman.com. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be. She is also Science Friday's former web editor.
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