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.
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.
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.
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:
I’ve got coloured contacts! They’re boring brown.
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.
Photos of me taken by Adele.