You’ve been hearing a lot about these Strandbeests (“beach animals”) and are probably thinking “oh, yeah, I should look into what the hubbub is about”. Well, fellow Bostonians, the beests will be in our backyard, so brush up and get in line, preferably early.
Strandbeest is a kinetic art installation of sorts by artist Theo Jansen. His sculptures are made of PVC pipe, other repurposed plastic like bottles, and thin fabric. They are propelled by the wind and walk along unassisted like giant space twig-beasts from beyond. That is to say: they are super cool.
A Strandbeest already made an appearance this weekend at Crane Beach in Ipswich MA to much fanfare. So much fanfare that many people turned around with the traffic so bad, which to be fair was totally expected. Let this be a warning to you: make note of these next dates and plan your travel accordingly. Take the T or walk. Strandbeest is there – Boston is a small city. Don’t be lazy.
Friday, August 28th 11am-1pm
Boston City Hall Plaza
Friday, August 28th 4:30pm-7pm
Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square
Thursday, September 10 | 3 pm – 7 pm
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge
3 – 5 pm | Public panel discussion with Strandbeest creator Theo Jansen, PEM Curator of the Present Tense Trevor Smith, and Neri Oxman, associate professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab | Panel discussion will be webcast | Join the discussion on Twitter: #MLTalks.
5:30 – 7 pm | Strandbeest walk on plaza outside the MIT Media Lab.
All pop-ups are free and open to the public, no tickets are required.