Theo Jansen

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    After dropping out of his Physics degree at the Universtiy of Delft (The Netherlands), Theo Jansen began working as a painter in the mid 70s. Later on, he developed an interest in robotics and aeronautics. His first inventions where his UFO, a spaceship in the shape of a flying saucer that terrorised the inhabitants of Delft, and his painting machine, a robot that created graffiti on a wall. In the early 80s, Jansen’s interest in designing live and autonomous organisms through the use of software led him to start this series of kinetic sculptures —Strandbeest— endowed with spectacular elegance in their movement, which can be over 10 meters tall. This project has provided him with broad worldwide recognition and his fame has trespassed all imaginable boundaries.


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  • Delft, Netherlands the


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