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July 03, 2007



Dutch physicist turned artist, Theo Jansen makes "skeletons which are able to walk on the wind." These kinetic sculptures may be the most amazing thing I have seen on the internet.

For fifteen years Theo Jansen from Holland has wholeheartedly devoted himself to create a new form of life. His "Strandbeest" (beach beasts) seem so organic that from a distance they could be mistaken for huge insects or prehistoric mammoth skeletons, but they are made of materials from the industrial age: flexible plastic tubes, adhesive tape. They were born inside a computer as an algorithm, but they do not require engines, sensors or any other type of advanced technology in order to walk. They move thanks to the force of the wind and wet sand they find in their habitat of the Dutch coast.

Jansen explains his method: "Fifty years ago I started to make basic forms of life..."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 3, 2007 06:57 AM


Half of those things make me thing "shoggoth!" when I see them shambling across the landscape. All thats missing is some cyclopean architecture in the background.

Posted by: Montieth [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2007 11:26 AM

Shoggoth is exactly right... talk about non-Euclidean. We should ask him if he does a line in sunken city architecture; I can imagine Rlyeh unfolding from the deep.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2007 11:36 AM

I as well was thinking shoggoth...shudder.

Looking for suggestions BTW. just finished re-reading Mythago wood. Need something in between it and Lovecraft.. halp me bruthahs.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2007 07:41 PM

I would put "Weaveworld" half way between Lovecraft and Mythago Wood. But I expect you have already read it...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2007 07:47 PM

Ah yes, weaveworld.. good choice. Its been ages since I read it.

Speaking of Shoggoths, we spent two nights in Salem Mass during our honeymoon 9 years ago and I swear I saw them skulking in the misty shadows in the main city park...

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2007 08:26 AM

Them's the cleaning shoggoths.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2007 09:57 AM

Weaveworld started out okay and had some great imagery, but it bogged down in the middle, when the heroine pointlessly hooked up with one of the stranded denizens of the the Weaveworld (who couldn't cope with living in our unmagickal civilization and became a pitiful drunken couch potato) and didn't pick itself back up -- somewhat -- until the end, which was as I recall suitably smashbang.

Then again the fact that I still remember bits of the book this many years after I read it says something in its favor... or just means I just have a cluttered and disorganized memory.

Posted by: Andrea Harris [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2007 09:19 PM