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Creatures of the wind

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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

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Images: Theo Jansen, Loek van der Klis

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  • Anonymous

    December 27, 2008

    Jansen is not a former scientist (mentioned in the original article); he studied physics, but never finished it AFAIK (and even finishing it does not make you a scientist, since you can just as well become an engineer afterward). Nevertheless, his beautiful designs and constructions are awe-inspiring and absolutely brilliant in my opinion.

  • Old Crow

    December 13, 2008

    These are incredibly elegant pieces of work! I watched the videos of them in motion and I was absolutely slack-jawed with wonder! Amazing!

  • HP

    December 6, 2008

    if you want to see a movie of this click the guys name

  • bandit a la mode

    November 25, 2008

    I would love to see a video of this in action.

  • Neill Kenmuir

    October 17, 2008

    But where, on this earth, would these

  • robots

    October 17, 2008

    Da Vinci once had designs for a helicopter.

  • Rykoma

    October 13, 2008

    art does not need to have a purpose.

  • Sun

    October 9, 2008

    Original, beautiful, and impressive. But what is their purpose?


    August 4, 2008

    I love the open end of what could come for this idea and how almost prehistoric this idea is(wind power that is)
    .Some times we have to take a couple steps back before we can go forward.

  • Neill Kenmuir

    July 24, 2008

    reminds me of Howl’s Moving Castle animation. I wonder how you steer it? Hope it has good brakes.

  • Jerry Caldwell

    July 13, 2008

    Truly Beautiful & so inspiring. How incredible to think that one of these could carry its occupants to their destination which is only known by the wind. You have my admiration Theo Jansen

  • Alanis

    July 8, 2008

    hello ! Bravissimo ! it is a wonderful invention ! All our environment it a that image ! everything work’s by its own with the help of a little wind , sun and moon ! I love it !

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