We were recently exposed for the first time to the marvelous creatures known as Strandbeests, which one day soon may live by themselves on a Dutch North Sea beach. The progeny of the rigorous mind of Theo Jansen, a physicist/ artist (how often do you come across that combination?), they are remarkable in their delicate complexity and the striking beauty of their movement.
(image courtesy artfutura)
The clip below is from the BBC's "Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention". Enlarge to full screen for best effect.
This link has a nice concise summary from ArtFutura, and for the full story about this incredibly creative gentleman, here's a link to Theo's Strandbeest website. And finally, the clip below is from a brief lecture Theo gave about his work at the 2007 TED Talks. It's 8 minutes well spent, learning how he gives them the ability to survive on their own.
TEDTalks_ Theo Jansen (2007) by tedtalks
(And that BMW commercial at the end was pretty cool, too!)
Enjoy your weekend!