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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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THEO JANSEN’S BEACH CREATURES

 

The first time I watched a video of Theo Jansen’s Beach Creatures, I felt as if I were witnessing some sort of absinthe-induced hallucination. The visage of the beasts is so mythical—their movements so fluid and seamless—that they appear to have wandered right off the set of some Steven Spielberg film.

 

After verifying the reality of these creatures, I turned to a second question: what are they, exactly?

 

Jansen, an engineer by profession, matter-of-factly describes the creatures as “skeletons that are able to walk on the wind.” Others have called them “wind-powered ...

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