Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who makes life—or at least a very-near likeness of it—using little more than PVC pipe and the wind. His artificial skeletons are able to walk and sometimes even jump along beaches, looking like great winged centipedes spurred along by the sails or propellers that drive them.
Jansen’s sense of art and purpose is the subject of a feature in the Sept. 5, 2011 issue of The New Yorker, and also the video in this BBC piece on YouTube. It’s cool to think of how all of the greatest gear is built of equal parts function and invention. And for that, Jansen’s work is an inspiration. For more, check out www.strandbeest.com.