Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.
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ArtScience Museum: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests

Oh I’ve really gone and neglected this space. I originally intended to update this post on my trip, but realised that I’d forgotten to bring my reference photos, and then other things (such as sleep) soon took precedence over the blog. Oh well, I’m here and trying to pull my socks up with all the backlogged photos I’ve accumulated for the past year and change!

Adele and I visited the ArtScience Museum for the magical beasts that are Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests in July. I remember learning about these fantastical wind walkers back in art school a long time ago, and was super stoked to learn that they’d made they way across the seas to Singapore! Here are some of my favourites.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.Outside the ArtScience Museum building at their lotus pond. Adele and I totally wore matching outfits even though we hadn’t planned for it!

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.I’m not sure if this was on purpose or if they’ve always been there, but the entrance to the exhibit showcased PVC support structures that are used in a lot of Strandbeests.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.Animaris Sabulosa, 1993–1994
Sabulosa was the first animal capable of walking sideways against the direction of the wind. Also known as the ‘sandy skin beach animal’, the adhesive tape provides camouflage as sand gets stuck on it.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.Part of Animaris Rigide Ancora, 1994–1997
This is a heavy roller that acts as an anchor for a Strandbeest fossil.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.Got to learn basic physics in this short video on the Strandbeest’s Neural System – they use pistons!

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.One good reason to visit the ArtScience Museum before this exhibit ends is to have a go at moving these Strandbeests! I was so happy to finally get up close and personal with these amazing contraptions.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.Animaris Ordis, 2006–2008
This can be animated by wind or by hand, like what I’m doing here.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.Animaris Turgentia Vela, 2013–2015
The large sails enable it to change its speed according to a slight change in the strength of the wind.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.A peek into Theo Jansen’s workspace. Check out that Atari computer!

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.Animaris Burchus Uminari, 2016–Present
It’s named Uminari – Japanese for ‘sea wave’ – because of its shape and undulating movement.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.All those beautiful drawings of curves~

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.Animaris Siamesis, 2009–2011
Named Siamesis (Latin root for ‘twins’), the two bodies are anchored to each other to provide stability. Weighing over 200kg, this is the largest Strandbeest. However, it was unable to support itself on the beach. The next few photos are of the same Strandbeest:

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.I loved seeing the wear and tear of the wings.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.Hi Adele!

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.I’ve got coloured contacts! They’re boring brown.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.Animaris Umerus Segundus, 2009–2011
Plastic bottles store compressed air and allows automatic movement! However, it also collapsed under its own weight.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.I took this pose from Adele. :P

Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore.It was unfortunate that we had no direction to build a Dream Beest, and so didn’t manage to fashion one.

It’s the last week for this exhibition, which ends 30 September. Do try to make time to check it out! It’s so worth the ticket.

Wearing
Uniqlo bratop
M)phosis shirt
Forever 21 shorts
Tutu Anna socks
Beetlebug shoes

Photos of me taken by Adele.

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