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Stunning Kinetic Works of Theo Jansen

October 29, 2009

Stunning animated works of Dutch artist, writer and kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen. Born in Hague, The Netherlands(1948), Jansen studied Physics at the University of Delft (The Netherlands 1968-1975), then left the university to become an artist and made paintings for the first 7 years.

ancora by theo jansen

Ancora by Theo Jansen / Photo by Loek van der Klis

Back in the 80’s, Jansen made a commotion in Delft when he built a flying saucer like object complete with 15 ft flashing lights and beeping sounds that flew over the town. He also built a light sensitive paint spray-gun.

animals-at-the-beach-7-by theo jansen

Animals at the Beach by Theo Jansen / Photo by Loek van der Klis

In the beginning of the 90’s, Theo Jansen began to build enormous kinetic sculptures which resemble of gigantic skeletons of animals that able to walk using the wind-power on the beaches.

pallet beast by theo jansen

Palletbeest by Theo Jansen / Photo by Loek van der Klis

Jansen’s animated works are a fusion of art and engineering. He also says that “The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.”

sabulosa4 by Theo Jansen

Sabulosa by Theo Jansen / Photo by Loek van der Klis

More info and kinetic sculptures of Theo Jansen at

Photographs by Loek van der Klis of

Video [youtube]

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2009 3:48 am


  2. November 25, 2009 9:52 pm

    It would be good to ask permission for the use of my photos.
    You may use them; when you include the photo credits and a link to as well.

    Thank you for the interest and looking forward to receive your updated link !

    • November 26, 2009 10:12 am

      Good day, Loek!

      My apologies for not sending you an email, I did not know that you’re the owner of the images. The photos are taken from, that’s why I didn’t add any credits on the photos except a links from their site (and a vids from youtube).

      By the way, the entry is updated with your name and your website’s link.

      Thanks for droppin’ by and for posting your comment.

      Best regards,

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