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    UMiami Students collaborate with Artist Theo Jansen during ArtBasel

    Joachim Perez
    Dec 11, '14 2:28 PM EST

    (Large Strandbeest used in demonstrations)

    This year marked the 13th edition of ArtBasel Miami Beach.  One of the great things about being in Miami during the "winter", is that the city explodes into a frenetic pace of artistic energy.  Almost all neighberhoods, no matter how different, are affected one way or another by spotlight the art world shines upon Miami during the week long seven days.  

    (Pieces of the disassembled Strandbeest made to look like a dig site)

    The University of Miami School of Architecture has always tried to have students become more active in the events surrounding ArtBasel.  However, because reviews fall on the same week, it has been tough to reconcile between the calendar events and the student's educational concerns.  

    (Theo Jansen in his on-site workshop on Miami Beach)

    One opportunity arose this past week, when a group of a students were able to collaborate with Dutch artist Theo Jansen on his Strandbeest Exhibition.  Sponsored by the Peabody Essex Museum and Audemars Piguet, Jansen presented a full exhibit on his marvelous creatures that are assembled of off-the-shelf materials (PVC pipes, tubing, plastic bottles) and are able to react to environmental conditions which allow them to move in almost lifelike ways.  Students involved assisted with the setup, assembly, and construction with the artist while also assisting in smaller demonstrations of certain Strandbeests.

    (The Univ.of Miami SoA Students pose with Theo Jansen)

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