Wild Things on the Beach

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“The Animaris Rhinoceros Transport is a type of animal with a steel skeleton and a polyester skin. It looks as if there is a thick layer of sand coating the animal. It weighes 2. tons, but can be set into motion by one person. It stands 4.70 meters tall. Because of its height it catches enough wind to start moving.

…The Animaris Rhinoceros Transport is a direct descendant of the Animari or Beach Animals. For fourteen years Theo Jansen has been working on creating a new life-form. These creatures consist of walking skeletons made out of yellow electricity tubes. These skeletons are wind powered. Over the years an evolution has occurred, which can be seen in the succeeding generations. Eventually he wants to put these animals on the beach where they will lead their own lives.

The Animaris Rhinoceros Transport is an offshoot of the Beach Animal evolution. It is equipped with passanger seating and can be used for transport. As a car is a transport vehicle to the horse and an airplane is a transport vehicle to the bird, so is the Animaris Rhinoceros Transport a transport vehicle to the Animaris (latin name for Beach Animal, see www.strandbeest.com). It is meant for crossing the tundra. Due to the fact that one must wait until strong wind comes from the right direction, living quarters must be made in the animal to make travel agreeable.”

(Be sure to download the short filmclip of the rhinoceros ambulating to get the full impact.)

And <a href=”http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,66356,00.html

” title=””>here is a Wired article on Theo Jansen’s work. [thanks, abby]