Art

Strandbeest at the Cultural Center

A moveable beast lands at the Cultural Center


It’s rare that art, engineering, science and performance all come together in one place, but all that will happen starting February 6th. The Chicago Cultural Center will host Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen with Photography by Lena Herzog, a three-month, installation showcasing the large-scale moving sculptures created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen.

Originally created to assist the ever-changing landscape and weather patterns of the Dutch seacoast, the Strandbeest are massive structures made of PVC tubing and zip ties. They are able to move, walk and, in the case of the coastline, respond to various changes in the environment by storing wind power, anchor against pending storms and tack away from the water’s edge. In other words, they’re able to help protect the coastline.

Check out these fascinating structures with accompanying video and photos by Lena Herzog, who chronicled Jansen’s work over the course of seven years. Check out the Cultural Center’s website for full event scheduling for this free exhibit.

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