Theo Jansen: Playing God with Sculpture

A Theo Jansen beach animal (© Flickr/Robbert van den Beld)

Theo Jansen is a sculptor, kinetic scientist and designer of a new species called “strandbeest”, beach animal. Born in the dunes near Delft, Jansen’s animals seem to be alive as they move across the windswept beach, intelligent design set in motion through a complex interaction of air and gravity and friction and plastic tubes the color of bones. These sculptures have made Theo Jansen well-known around the world, and even if they may not exactly be alive, they make us see life with different eyes.

Produced and presented by Marijke van der Meer.

Broadcast August 20, 2007

To see a beach animal in motion go to Theo Jansens’s website: