行走的沙滩动物,荷兰,Theo Jansen

“Strandbeests”,荷兰语中的意思是沙滩动物,是由著名艺术家和工程师西奥•詹森创作的非常聪明的移动雕塑。
这些逼真得令人不安的“Strandbeests”似乎在荷兰的海岸线上行走、爬行和猛冲,以令人着迷的方式复制动物和小动物的动作。詹森传奇般的风帆行走项目已经占据了他近30年的职业生涯,激励着美国宇航局等机构开发出足够灵活的精巧技术,足以承受前往金星的任务。从1990年开始,这位艺术家用机械工程技术进行实验,用塑料管制作骨架,用令人印象深刻的科学公式开发出每只动物的腿系统。每只野兽都有一个胃,它充当着控制中心或大脑的角色,以动能为食,以一种只能被描述为令人困惑的动物性运动来收集速度。詹森分享了他的希望,他希望把这些雕塑成群结队地放在海滩上,创造一种“新形式的生命”,用他的话说,就是能够独立生存。詹森将材料转换成雕塑,将科学、工程、自然、美和艺术融为一体,这种能力证明了这位艺术家非凡的想象力。

‘Strandbeests’, meaning beach animals in Dutch, are the incredibly clever moving sculptures created by renowned artist and engineer, Theo Jansen.
The disconcertingly realistic ‘Strandbeests’ appear to walk, crawl and slug their way across the coastlines of Holland, replicating animal and critter movements in mesmerizing fashion. Jansen’s legendary wind-walking project has occupied almost 30 years of his career, inspiring the likes of NASA to develop ingenious technology nimble enough to withstand missions to Venus. Starting in 1990, the artist experimented with mechanical engineering techniques to craft skeletons out of plastic tubes, developing each animal’s leg system with an impressive scientific formula. Each beast has a stomach which acts as a control center or brain, feeding on kinetic wind energy to gather speed in what can only be described as a bewilderingly animal-like motion. Jansen has shared his hope to release the sculptures out in herds on beaches, to create a “new form of life” as he calls it, that survive on their own. The ability of Jansen to transform materials into sculptures that meld together science, engineering, nature, beauty, and art is a testament to the artist’s extraordinary imagination.

Author: Theo Jansen
Project: Strandbeests
Photography: ©Theo Jansen

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