Dream Beasts: the Installations of Theo Jansen Debut in Italy

Dream Beasts: the Installations of Theo Jansen Debut in Italy
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Prehistoric skeletons, enormous insects, curious constructions animated by the blowing wind - these are the Dream Beasts by Dutch artist Theo Jansen, for the first time in Italy at the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci. An international success travelling from the Palais de Tokyo of Paris to the Esploratorium of San Francisco, to the Art & Science Museum of Singapore, these spectacular kinetic installations referred as Strandbeest (literally “beach animals”) are created on a base of industrial materials - plastic tubes, nylons string and tape. They are designed by the artist and don’t require motors, sensors or advanced technology to work - they are activated by the simple movement of the air around them, which is certainly never lacking on the Dutch coast, their “natural habitat”. And if defining Jansen as “a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci”, as some have, might appear excessive, he certainly centres his studies around the meeting between scientific knowledge (he studied applied physics at Delft University of Technology) and humanistic sensibilities, joining a push towards innovation with the observation of nature itself, experiments on kinetics and mechanics and all of this with the highest regard for sheer beauty. What awaits us at the Aeronavale Pavilion of the museum is a stunning blend of art and science - works that speak to the intellect and emotions while causing us to reflect on sustainability.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano