Photograph by Loek van der Klis (http://www.kliski.com/ ) used by permission
I showed a short video clip of Theo Jansen's "Strandbeests" to students last week. Some asked for the link, so click http://www.youtube.com/embed/HSKyHmjyrkA to view. You will be amazed, as were we.
For those who want to see and learn more, please visit Mr. Jansen's web page: www.strandbeest.com/
Jansen also appeared on a TED (Technology Education and Design) talk in 2007. In this 8 minute clip the artist/engineer describes more about his work: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/theo_jansen_creates_new_creatures.html