Strandbeest

I’m a little bit in love with Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest. He describes them as a new life form, “skeletons that are able to walk on the wind”. He hopes that that will adapt to the elements to the point where he can leave them out on the beach in herds. They have names like Animaris Ordis Parvis. Some are twin animals, each being specialising in certain functions and living in symbiosis with the other. Are they a new life form? I’m not sure. Independent thought and consciousness are perhaps not there yet. But it could be that they will come. And that would be something remarkable.

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