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Iain Rowan
Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 07:55 am:   

Theo Jansen makes Strandbeests.

They are kinetic sculptures, skeletons made of hundreds of plastic tubes, that amble around on their own when the wind blows. Jansen's ambition is to "put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives".

Windwalker

The pictures don't do them justice as well as the videos, like the mpg of the Animaris Rhinocerous Transport, do.

My favourite is Animaris_Currens_Ventosa_walking which unfortunately is a weirdly encoded file that won't play in Quicktime or Windows Media Player on a Mac. Will work with MPlayer or VLC though. Dunno about on Windows.
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 08:49 am:   

Argh. I really want to watch these, but I keep getting Forbidden error messages when I try.
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Iain Rowan
Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 09:14 am:   

Nicholas, are you using the links above or the video links from Jansen's website?
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 10:13 am:   

I've tried both and neither work. Bugger.
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Iain Rowan
Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 11:01 am:   

Hmmm. Both working from here. Odd. Can you get a 1.7MB email attachment? If so, drop me a line and I'll send you one, if you'd like.
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 06:42 pm:   

Yes I can, Iain. That'd be great of you. metastasis(at)gmail.com.
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2004 - 06:12 am:   

Well, that didn't work either. Thanks much for trying, Iain. Looks like I'm not fated to set eyes on the mighty strandbeest.

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