Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Jansen's "Strandbeests"

Artist Theo Jansen demonstrates the amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures he builds from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His creatures are designed to move -- and even survive -- on their own.
Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who builds walking kinetic sculptures that he calls a new form of life. His "Strandbeests" walk the coastline of Holland, feeding on wind and fleeing from water.
"We approached
BMW because of their passion for technology and design (BMW Group Design Chief Chris Bangle spoke at TED2002) and because they had a strong history of supporting innovative media (BMW Films are a case in point). They came on board when TEDTalks was just an idea -- and a risky one at that. In June 2006, we launched the groundbreaking podcast series TEDTalks with BMW as our exclusive sponsor."

(Image below: Test driving the Hydrogen 7; Dr. Frank Ochmann, BMW's VP of Clean Energy, discusses hydrogen at a special lunch; The Hydrogen 7 in the conference's
Simulcast Lounge)


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