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Jan 30 2013

Living sculptures

These wind-powered sculptures by Theo Jansen are amazing to behold. I have shown them before but they are so beautiful that I wanted newcomers to this blog to see them.

You can see more of Jansen’s creations at his website, where he describes the many challenges he had to overcome.

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  1. 1
    jeff bollbach

    Definitely has a cool/romantic factor. But…..this guy’s real legacy is having a pretty big negative footstep regarding the environment.

  2. 2
    Rike

    These are amazing. I had not seen these before. Thanks, Mano!

  3. 3
    James Barrett

    I’ve seen table top-sized versions of these that are claimed to emerge from a 3D printer completely assembled and ready to go – just add wind.

  4. 4
    dab

    Cool from an engineering standpoint, but, in addition to the good point about their environmental impact, the guy does seem (talk of a creator notwithstanding, ahem) to have a little too much belief in them as being actual new forms of life: all metaphorical, perhaps, but I personally would prefer that he simply said that he likes designing new devices rather than being massively hyperbolic and talking about creating new creatures.

  5. 5
    baal

    These structures also make an excellent example that structure is function and that you can get apparently purposeful actions that aren’t really more than inanimate systems being provided a push*.

    *wind, not hand of god.

  6. 6
    Martha

    Wow, those are really something! Thanks for re-posting for some of us newer readers!

  7. 7
    Timothy

    I agree. The structures were beautiful, but the inventor’s talk about new forms of life came across as … weird.

    Thanks for posting this, Mano. I hadn’t seen it before. Speaking of using wind power, here’s an interesting video I found that shows a creative use of wind power for clearing land mines:

    https://vimeo.com/51887079

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