Strandbeest Skeleton Art Sculptures Shock Beachgoers in the Netherlands

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The sculptures “Strandbeests” shock the public who go to the beach. Video / Northern Lights Observatory via Facebook

Tourists soaking up the sun on scenic beaches in the Netherlands are greeted with a “strange and spooky” surprise.

A series of rare and eye-catching sculptures by Dutch artist and inventor Theo Jansen can be found on various beaches.

Considered a fun fusion of art and engineering, the “Strandbeest” are kinetic sculptures that look like skeletons…that move.

Made from yellow plastic tubing, they can walk on their own, drawing their energy from the wind.

Jansen has already said of his creations: “I make skeletons that can walk on the wind, so they don’t have to eat. Eventually, I want to put these animals in herds on the beaches, so that they live their own lives. lives.”

Artist and inventor Theo Jansen.  Photo / Theo Jansen, Facebook
Artist and inventor Theo Jansen. Photo / Theo Jansen, Facebook

And he did.

The sculptures became so well known that they were even featured in an episode of The Simpsons titled The Nightmare After Krustmas with Theo Jansen as the cartoon character.

Many people are freaking out over recent video and images posted online, saying they look like they came straight out of a nightmare.

The video was posted by popular travel group Aurora Borealis Observatory on its Facebook page.

The kinetic sculptures are quite a sight.  Photo / Theo Jansen, Facebook
The kinetic sculptures are quite a sight. Photo / Theo Jansen, Facebook

Commentator Sue wrote: “Actually pretty awful. I would hate to be surprised by any of these crazy looking things

Theo Jansen's work stuns.  Photo / Theo Jansen, Facebook
Theo Jansen’s work stuns. Photo / Theo Jansen, Facebook

interrupts my peaceful experience at the beach.”

Pearly agreed: “Awesome but they give me the creeps.”

And Linda said, “Interesting/incredible but downright weird and scary.”

Deborah replied, “Unbelievable, but nightmares are made.”

Photo / Theo Jansen, Facebook
Photo / Theo Jansen, Facebook

Many marveled at the remarkable engineering.

Denise said: “I appreciate the ingenuity…but I don’t know how I feel about it.”

And Pamela commented: “Incredibly fantastic.”