Creatures of the wind
Meet Animaris Rhinoceros, a new species created by Dutch scientist turned artist Theo Jansen. This amazing-looking being is a wind-powered walking sculpture, one of several that the artist/engineer has brought to life.
Jansen is dedicated to creating wind-powered artificial life, and believes there is a very fine line between art and engineering. Usually he can be found on the beaches of the Netherlands with huge skeletal plastic creatures called strandbeests, but the Rhinoceros is a 2-ton transporter intended for crossing the tundra. Someone has to pull it to set it in motion, then it's up to the wind to carry it along. There's also room inside it to sleep.
The strandbeests that Jansen is more famous for have an unsettlingly spider-like quality, but they're also delicately beautiful. He talks about them as if they are alive, and perhaps in the future they will be.
The artist wants to leave these an assortment of these creatures on the beach to fend for themselves. Since they live on wind, they don't need any food, and could in theory live forever. RM