If this Theo Jansen TED talk doesn’t fill you with wonder . . . nothing will. It has to be my absolute favourite – I must have viewed it about 4 or 5 times.
Here’s the TED.com blurb
Artist Theo Jansen demonstrates the amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures he builds from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His creatures are designed to move — and even survive — on their own.
Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who builds walking kinetic sculptures that he calls a new form of life. His “Strandbeests” walk the coastline of Holland, feeding on wind and fleeing from water.