Strandbeests: Wind-powered artificial life

“The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.” say Strandbeest creator Theo Jansen. They move solely powered by wind.

They even have “brains” capable of the most basic processes. For example, one Strandbeest sucks air through some tubing. If water from the surf or a tide pool obstructs the tube, the mechanism reverses to move in the opposite direction. His most recent creations even stored excess wind energy in lemonade bottles for calmer days… or rather minutes.

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