Sculptors We Love :: Theo Jansen

Since 1990 I have been occupied creating new forms of life.

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.

Over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storm and water and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.

- Theo Jansen

You can make your own Mini Strandbeest that walks with the wind or by hand. This model is made of plastic, includes illustrated and written instructions, and requires no special tools.

Assembly time is approximately 90 minutes and is suggested for ages 8 and up. Assembled dimensions are: height (back of the beast): 11cm (4.3"), Height (top of propeller): 17cm (6.7"), Width: 13cm (5.1"), Length: 20cm (7.9").