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After Dark: BYOBeest

  • The Exploratorium Pier 15 San Francisco, CA, 94111 United States (map)
The strategy of the strandbeests is that they charm the people, they charm me, and they seduce people to make them. And they also seduce me to make them. 
—Theo Jansen

Celebrate strandbeests—and their many mutant relations—with a menagerie of creatures inspired by Theo Jansen’s kinetic art. Encounter walking machines made with 3-D printed plastic, paper, and metal, variously powered by propellers, pedals, arduino-controlled motors, and string. Bring your own beest, whether built from a kit or your own design, or simply revel in roving mechanical wonders.

Strandbeests owe their animal grace to an ingenious leg mechanism Jansen created and developed over time. By freely sharing the “holy numbers” of his linkage design, the artist has inspired countless makers to (re)produce their own walking creatures, and thus contribute to the beests’ ongoing evolution.

Which species of beest will you bring? 

Full Schedule:

$15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members; $10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome Available for Purchase Onsite
Adults Only (18+)

Note: Some programs have limited seating and will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


By Scott Parenteau
7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m. Walking Demonstrations
6:00–10:00 p.m. Installation | North Gallery

The Blind Watchmaker
With Paul Dancstep
7:30 and 8:30 p.m. | Forum

Strandbeest-Walking Demo
8:00 p.m. | Bechtel Central Gallery

Pedal-Powered Beest
By Adam Savage
9:30 p.m. Walking Demonstration
6:00–10:00 p.m. Installation | North Gallery

Automata Equis
With Corey McGuire, Equis Collective
6:30–9:30 p.m. | Bechtel Central Gallery

TE+ND Rover
With Marnia Johnston
6:30–9:30 p.m. | East Gallery

The Return of Slakslee
With Rob Moss Wilson
6:30–9:30 p.m. | Throughout the museum

The Chariot and The Solar Surrey
By Bob Schneeveis and Wouter Suverkropp
6:00–10:00 p.m. | Throughout the museum

After Dark: BYOBeest is presented in conjunction with the temporary exhibition Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. 

Photo © Lena Herzog
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