Theo Jansen

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Dutch visual artist Theo Jansen studied science at the University of Delft. As an artist he spent the first seven years of his career painting, after which he decided to strike out on a new course, by making a real flying saucer. It flew over Delft in 1980 to the great consternation of the local population and police. Since then he has been trying to create a new type of nature. To this end he doesn't use pollen or seeds but yellow plastic tubes. In his laboratory on a windy roadside on the outskirts of Delft he has continued his work on this pioneering branch of fauna, making skeletons which are able to walk on the wind. Eventually he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches to live their own lives.
  • Speaker PopTech 2005