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PHOTOS: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests at the Peabody Essex Museum

Photos by Kyle Spencer

SALEM – The Peabody Essex Museum is now hosting the first U.S. exhibition tour of Theo Jansen’s famed Strandbeests “beach animals”Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen celebrates these wholly unique kinetic creations that blur the lines between art, science and storytelling, running at the museum through January 3, 2016. 

Working along the Dutch seacoast, Jansen has spent the last 25 years developing and evolving his Strandbeests, which today have become a global phenomena. Their inherently interdisciplinary nature attracts enthusiasts from a broad array of disciplines: from engineers, biologists and philosophers, to environmentalists, futurists and makers.

A full photo gallery from a press preview event held in September can be found below.

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Where? The Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA

When? Exhibition runs September 19, 2015, through January 3, 2016

Cost? Museum admission varies with adults for $18, seniors for $15, and students for $10. Members, youth 17 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

For more information about the Peabody Essex Museum, visit www.pem.org. Visit their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SoundCloud accounts for announcements, updates, photos and more.

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Photos by Kyle Spencer. All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, edit, or reproduce any images without expressed, written permission.

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All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, edit, or reproduce any images without expressed, written permission from the attributed copyright owners of each individual work. 

Animaris Percipiere (2005). Courtesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Loek van der Klis Animaris Percipiere (2005). Courtesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Loek van der KlisAnimaris Percipiere Rectus (2005). Courtesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Loek van der Klis Animaris Percipiere Rectus (2005). Courtesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Loek van der KlisTheo Jansen, Sheveningen beach, The Netherlands (2011). Coutesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Loek van der Klis Theo Jansen, Sheveningen beach, The Netherlands (2011). Coutesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Loek van der KlisAnimaris Umerus, Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands (2009). Courtesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Loek van der Klis Animaris Umerus, Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands (2009). Courtesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Loek van der KlisAnimaris Apodiacula (2013). Courtesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Uros Kim Animaris Apodiacula (2013). Courtesy of Theo Jansen. Photo by Uros KimTheo Jansen (2011), Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands. Photo by Lena Herzog. Theo Jansen (2011), Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands. Photo by Lena Herzog.Theo Jansen (2010), Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands. Photo by Lena Herzog. Theo Jansen (2010), Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands. Photo by Lena Herzog.Theo Jansen & Animaris Siamesis (2009), Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands . Photo by Lena Herzog. Theo Jansen & Animaris Siamesis (2009), Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands . Photo by Lena Herzog.

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PEM LogoThe Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in North America. At its heart is a mission to transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections and the vital importance of creative expression. Founded in 1799, the museum’s collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time — including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, as well as Native American, Oceanic and African art.

PEM’s campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities, performance spaces and historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM to 5PM and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission varies with adults for $18, seniors for $15, and students for $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang is $5. Members, youth 17 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

For more information about the Peabody Essex Museum, visit www.pem.org. Visit their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SoundCloud accounts for announcements, updates, photos and more.

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