Lines and Colors art blog

Theo Jansen
A number of sculpture related links have come up as a result of my post about Lawrence Northey last Thursday.

Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculptures are particularly fascinating because they walk back and forth (literally) across the supposedly fixed line between art and engineering. These amazing artifacts are built of ultralight materials and constructed of levers and gears so that they become wind-driven and walk across the flat wet sand on beaches.

This video posted on probably shows them to best advantage. Their graceful, cantilevered legs and wing-like transparent films give them the appearance of animated skeletons of ghostly alien grazing animals.

He also has fabric-covered variations that look like anime robots come to life. Amazing.

Link courtesy of Karl Kofoed


2 responses to “Theo Jansen”

  1. I’ll be interviewing Theo Jansen in the coming days – We seem to be on the same wavelength.

  2. Great! When you do, let me know and I’ll add an addendum to the post linking to your interview.