Friday, August 9, 2013

Beach Beasts On The Move

 http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2013/08/08/210130502/beach-beasts-on-the-move?utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20130809
 from NPR, by Alva Noë
Theo Jansen's art raises questions about the nature of life and life's limits. His creations walk along with the wind and navigate the shores of the sea. They are made of PVC piping. No one could seriously think these beach beasts are alive. Right?
 Theo Jansen, writes on his website that he is occupied with :
Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic material of this new nature. I make skeletons that are able to walk on the wind, so they don't have to eat. ... eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.
PVC based life? Somehow the idea seems less crazy when you actually see his creations at work. Watch this video: