ArtScience Museum will be unveiling the first Southeast Asian exhibition of Theo Jansen’s world-famous moving sculptures, Strandbeests, on 23 June.
Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests is a major retrospective of Theo Jansen’s life work. The sculptor from the Netherlands has spent the last 28 years developing a series of wind-powered machines called Strandbeests, which he describes as “a new species on Earth”. The Strandbeests (‘beach animals’ in Dutch) blur the lines between art, science, engineering and performance.
The exhibition brings together 13 large-scale Strandbeests in the galleries of ArtScience Museum, from the most recent Strandbeests to ‘fossils’ of past beests. Made from everyday materials, Jansen’s beests utilise wind power to walk in a startlingly lifelike fashion. Wind Walkers celebrates the thrill of the Strandbeests’ unique locomotion, the processes and stories that have driven their evolution.
Visitors will also be able to get up close and personal with these larger-than-life creatures by walking with them in the galleries and experiencing their naturalistic movement. Amongst the highlights is Animaris Siamesis, the largest Strandbeest in the exhibition, which measures 10 metres in body length and weighs over 240kg.