Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen

Kinetic Sculptor Theo Jansen visited the University of Iowa campus Nov. 10, 2015 to deliver the fifth lecture in the Creative Matters series sponsored by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research. Below are stories, text, video, photos, and other materials chronicling and related to the visit.

Theo Jansen

Known as the Leonardo Da Vinci of the 21st century, Theo Jansen has devoted his body and soul to creating a new life form over the last two decades. His Strandbeest (Beach Beasts) look so organic and real that from a distance they can be mistaken for the immense skeletons of prehistoric dinosaurs.


A video of the remarks is also available at

Photos by Miranda Meyer and Justin Torner.
Theo drawing by Frances Cannon
Drawing by Frances Cannon.

Creative Matters is an initiative of the UI Arts Advancement Committee and is sponsored by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research.

Five speakers have been confirmed so far, and detailed information is available online at

All events are free and open to the public.

The Office of the Vice President for Research provides resources and support to researchers and scholars at the University of Iowa and to businesses across Iowa with the goal of forging new frontiers of discovery and innovation and promoting a culture of creativity that benefits the campus, the state, and the world.

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Download posters of the series: ver.A | ver.B