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These Insect-Like Moving Sculptures Are Powered By Wind

The former physicist tours the Bay Area with his “Dream Machines”
May 27, 2016 at 3:24 PM ET
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Everybody knows that summer is insect season, but you won’t slap these enormous, gorgeous creatures away.

These kinetic sculptures run on wind power and resemble giant insects scurrying through the sand. Dutch artist Theo Jansen, calls his creations “Strandbeests,” which translates to “beach animals” in English.

Jansen studied physics in college, but dropped out to pursue his passion for art. He once believed his inventions would help defend Holland against rising sea levels. A quarter-century later, he is still crafting his “animals.” Jansen and his Strandbeests will be touring the beaches of the Bay Area this Labor Day weekend.

Finally, some summer bugs that actually make things better.