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A rare alignment of calendars brought an even rarer convergence of events at many Thanksgiving tables this week: Channukah gifts before Thanksgiving pie. And as such, this skittered across my table:

This delightful critter is the brainchild of Theo Jansen, an artist in Holland who has been working for 60+ years on creating what he calls an alternative life form. His critters, made of nothing more spectacular than pvc pipe and plastic bottles, are larger than life and inhabit the wind-swept beaches near his home:

The miniature version that graced my Thanksgiving table is a 3D-printed kit of Animaris Geneticus. Here’s a gorgeous video of its hypnotic movement from his site:

Theo Jansen’s larger-than-life Strandbeest
Miniature Standebeest 3D-printed kits
Jansen’s 2007 TED talk

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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  1. 1. shannonrayblak1 10:18 pm 12/14/2013

    great craweling critters holland,those mechanical creatures looked like those mechanical andriods from star gate the television series…i bet her gadet would get them in sigma theata at rets electronical college in louisville kentucky…(i went to this college in 1991…)shannon

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