The work of Dutch physicist-turned-artist Theo Jansen has inspired many, including us here at MAKE. His amazing “Strandbeest” (beach animals), giant wind-driven walking sculptures, are staggeringly cool. A number of miniature machine and robot builders have tried to incorporate some of Jensen’s ideas into their own work. Here, a Japanese maker has built a tabletop walking machine that uses a leg configuration similar to the Strandbeest.

Strandbeest-Desktop (Theo Jansen´s mechanism) – Link


  • Interview with Theo Jansen… – Link
  • The Walking Building – Link