• Terrifying Theo Jansen sculptures recreated in miniature; are adorable now
03.17.14

Terrifying Theo Jansen sculptures recreated in miniature; are adorable now

The artist and engineer Theo Jansen is famous for constructing strange, skeletal, self-propelled, kinetic sculptures that scurry eerily down the beaches of the Netherlands. He’s a guy we like to keep our eye(s) on because his work infuses architecture and artistry, much like games do. But now his walking shore creatures, or “Strandbeests,” have birthed hatchlings in the form of tiny 3D printed models for sale for $39 to $113 at Shapeways. While the models are scaled down to fit in the palm of your hand and don’t capture the articulate majesty of their parents, Jansen says they have a notable advantage in the cuteness factor.