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Beach is invaded by 'strandbeest'

By This is Devon  |  Posted: June 30, 2010

MECHANICAL MARVEL: Dutch artist Theo Jansen with his walking sculpture on Exmouth beach

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A MECHANICAL animal sculpture of gigantic proportions attracted the attention of hundreds of wide-eyed visitors to Exmouth.

Dutch artist Theo Jansen is the creator of the 10m long, 4.5m high, walking "strandbeest" which has been engineered from scrap plastic tubing and water bottles.

Theo and his team had transported the sculpture in six sections across the North Sea in two freight containers and unloaded and reassembled it on the beach for the spectacle. It has no electronic elements and captures energy from the wind with wing-like sails that power its movement and store energy.

The sculpture, along with associated exhibition and education project, is managed by Exeter gallery Spacex as part of an Arts Council funded Cultural Olympiad project.

Gillian Taylor from Arts Council South West said: "We had so many positive comments from people wowed by its engineering and the spectacle of it."

It is due to be returned to the Netherlands this week.

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