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BITS – Theo Jensen’s Amazing STRANDBEEST Walks the Sands Again

In ALL, BITS by Alex Pedersen

This summer, Theo Jensen‘s majestic kinetic sculptures will walk the sands again! Jensen is letting his Animaris Proboscis graze the winds across the sandy shorelines in the Hague, at the Chicago Cultural Centre, and several other European exhibitions.

His vision for his beasts are as follows:

“Not pollen or seeds but plastic yellow tubes are used as the basic material of the new nature. I make skeletons that are able to walk on the wind, so they don’t have to eat. Over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storm and water and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.”

Born in the Netherlands, Jensen has been creating these fascinating new lifeforms since 1990. These well known sculptures from the series Strandbeest have caught the attention of many beach-goers over the decades.

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Alex Pedersen

Alex Pedersen

Alex is a critical scholar and social scientist. During her degrees, Alex recognized a dearth of knowledge transfer between the academy and the general public. To address this gap, she extends her empirical research through multiple mediums including: publications, formal lectures, public speaking events, radio, theatre and photography. In diversifying access to her research, Alex honed a unique set of skills to plan, design and produce events for a wide variety of audiences. To date, she was responsible for several successful lecture series, community events and fundraisers across diverse settings. Most notably, Alex organized and implemented the 2015 Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship and was an advisor for the “Free Queen’s” Steering Committee (an initiative encouraging graduates to bring their work to the wider public). In addition, she has written numerous successful grant applications. An activist at heart, Alex advocates for critical thinking in and beyond academic institutions.