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Machines on a Beach

“The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds,” says artist Theo Jansen. For over 14 years, Jansen has been engaged in the production of animari, or beach animals—massive kinetic sculptures constructed of light materials. After a firm push to begin, the wind takes over, and the skeletally beautiful ‘animals’ walk unaided over the beaches of the Netherlands, where Jansen lives and works.

The next video presents a computer simulation of Jansen’s ‘mechanism,’ set to music by Philip Glass. After the jump, a 20-second spot of “Animaris Rhinocerous Transport” in motion.