Strandbeest by Theo Jansen. Jansen says: "The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds." In 1990, he began to build large mechanisms out of PVC that are able to move on their own. He strives to equip his creations with their own artificial intelligence so they can avoid obstacles by changing course when one is detected, such as the sea itself.
Photograph of Theo Jansen with one of his kinetic Strandbeest sculptures, by Lena Herzog. An exhibition of Jansen’s sculptures and Herzog’s photography is currently on view at the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, Massachusetts. Herzog’s Strandbeest: the Dream Machines of Theo Jansen (available in print and ebook editions) was published by Taschen last year.