Scheveningen on the Dutch coast and a summer spectacle, the Strandbeests.
Windblown mechanical artworks.
My name is Theo Jansen, and I try to make new forms of life on the beach where I was born 70 years ago.
Theo Jansen is an engineer and artist, and we joined him as he brought out his latest beasts for his summer experiments.
These animals, they give me sleepless nights, because I’m thinking it is really addiction, you could say.
The puzzle: how to make something move and survive on the beach, powered only by the wind.
What you are looking at is 28 years of trial and error.
Expertise at creating mechanical movement - almost a mechanical brain, which is what has attracted the attention of Nasa.
This animation shows how their meeting with Theo has influenced their thinking for a Venus rover - an environment where pressure and heat is just too much for normal motors.