Theo Jansen. Wind Algorithms
An exhibition on environment, art and evolution

April 14th until July 1st 2018
Visiting hours: Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
Free entry 

Textures and sounds of sand, sea, and wind envelop eight Strandbeests, beach animals, built with plastic tubes, imagined and built by artist, Theo Jansen. Each represents an animal from another one of his conceived evolutionary periods. Two of his Strandbeests can be activated manually or through wind-power and can move or even take a stroll in the park.

The exhibition also presents a cabinet filled with drawings, ideas, publications, objects, and prototypes developed by Jansen in his artistic and research-oriented process of creation. Mathematics, anatomy, aerodynamics, understanding of nature, and newly conceived ways of relating to the environment come together in a visual ensemble to enkindle new ways of observing life.

The documentary Strandbeesten (2008, 32 min), by Alexander Schlichter is also continuously being screened in the audiovisual room of the first floor.

*For guided tours sign up here.

Schedule of moving Strandbeests:

Animaris Ordis

Located on the first floor, it will be outdoors during the following schedules,

Tues thru Fri           11:00 – 11:30   &  15:00 – 15:30

Sun and Sat             11:30 – 12:00, 16:00 – 16:30, 17:00 – 17:30

Animaris Plaudens Vela

On the second floor, this animal is being re-animated. There are five presentations per day, with a maximum capacity of 80 ppl. Schedules are as follow,

Tues thru Fri           10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 15:30 & 17:00

Sun and Sat             11.00, 12:00, 15:00, 16:00 & 17:00

*Tickets for these presentations are handed out upon arrival in the information desk. You may tour the exhibition while the presentation begins.


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“If you repeat the word ‘wind’ often enough, it will start blowing. Try it some time... Animaris Currens Vulgaris on the 1st floor in Centro Cerrillos, Jansen's first walking animal. ©Sebastián Mejía  Animaris Vermiculus or Worm Animal belonging to the Vaporum period. ©Sebastián Mejía Animaris Vulgaris, first Strandbeest created by Jansen an importante key piece of this exhibition.  ©Sebastián Mejía Visitors alongside Animaris Vermiculus. The Center's workshop space where a series of activities on Jansen's work will take place for kids, teens and adults. ©Sebastián Mejía In the second floor of the exhibition you will find the Strandbeest Family Tree that portrays this species' evolution. ©Sebastián Mejía Animaris Plaudens Vela is one of the two Strandbeests that will be moving during specific times of the day. ©Sebastián Mejía The first visitors walking in to see the exhibition Wind Algorithms. ©Sebastián Mejía Visitors excitedly observing Animaris Ordis as it moves through the Center's patio. ©Sebastián Mejía