Moving sculptures

Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen builds wind propelled sculptures that live on beaches.

Each sculpture contains a rotating spine that allows it to rotate forward and backward. Even more interesting, these moving pieces of art can detect and avoid waves when they get too close. 

But don’t expect to see these mesmerizing “mobile animals” on a beach near you any time soon. You can only find these skeletons in the Netherlands. 

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, Dutch Artist/Sculptor