Engineer Theo Jansen will present his ‘Strandbeest’ sculptures (beach beasts) in Lima from December 7 through March 21 at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Central Lima.
According to _El Comercio_, the idea for the sand beasts originally came to Jansen as he reflected on humanity back in 1990.
The sea only rises, and this threatens to push back the limits of our land to where they were in the Middle Ages, stated Jansen in a column in the Dutch newspaper _Volkskrant_. And we all know that in that tiny little piece that is going to be little we can do. So the big question is: how to get more sand granites to our dunes? It would be fantastic if we had some animals that removed the sand from our beaches, which would throw it into the air so that the wind would then take it to the dunes.
So, with this in mind, Jansen was able to create artificial mechanisms with smooth, complex motions, beginning with the movement of a wheel among other formulations.
The artificial animals are composed of bottles and solid blocks with joints and fixed areas; the engineer also attached axes to what he called _chassis_, which are traction wings activated by the wind and attached to a crankshaft to actuate the legs.
Jansen was not able to get his creations to collect sand, but they are able to move on irregular ground by minimizing the inertial forces in the air to prevent their destabilization.
The frontiers between art and engineering exist only in our minds, Jansen said.
The Lima exhibit will reveal five fossils in front of the living vertebrates that will come to life with air compressors.
“Asombrosas criaturas” de Theo Jansen
Place: Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Av. Arequipa 1155, Santa Beatriz)
Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Sundays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dates: December 7, 2016 through March 12, 2017
Free entranceThe Dutch kinetic sculptor will exhibit his monster creations with artificial life in Lima next week.