Sometimes in the course of my trollings for new and noteworthy topics that might interest you… I come across something SO different that I need to deviate from my primary (not “core”) mission. And thus duty demands that I share with you. Thus it is this week.
(Photos courtesy www.Strandbeest.com)
But this video will give you a better idea of what it/they is/are:
The Strandbeest comes from the fertile mind of Theo Jansen. I can’t find anything in his background — other than extreme versatility and creativity — to indicate that he is an advanced yacht designer. But why not?
And the plastic tubes could easily be bamboo, no?
I can readily imagine that the locomotive innovations of his “clutch” of beach animals could be adapted to boating.
Perhaps he just needs our encouragement.
I believe I had linked a past video of the Strandbeest(s) on WB TV, at woodenboat.com, a few years ago.
I love this type of innovative thinking.
More to the point: What do YOU think?
Additional recent coverage at the NY Times (I’m not a subscriber, so can’t link) and Sailing Anarchy.
Next week — back to boats. Back to wooden boats.