Things That Make Me Smile No.140: Unusual “Life”

Back in 2012, before I started doing the smiles, I included a fun video of a self-locomoting art project with the below comment. Someone posted a different video in one of the steampunk groups I belong to, and I remembered the wonder this video provoked. It should have been a smile then, so it will be a smile now.

Enjoy a wander on the stranger side of creation.

The history of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests, self-mobilizing artificial life made of PVC piping and activated by wind. (Note: Video starts with audio.)

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3 Responses to Things That Make Me Smile No.140: Unusual “Life”

  1. Amy Keeley says:

    That is an amazing video. O_O I had no idea kinetic sculpture even existed before today, and now I can’t get those beautiful “creatures” out of my head. Thank you!

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      I’m a great fan of kinetic sculptures. The metal wind chime-like sculptures count as well, but these are free roaming. There’s a moment in The Simpsons where one of these structures runs amok (I’ve only seen the clip), but usually the sculptures are stationary with moving parts. I think I’ve included some in smiles before, but I’m not sure. Just search on YouTube for kinetic sculptures and you’ll be amazed at what you find.

      And if the ones in your head become ones on the page, tell me :).

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