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Strandbeests come to Boston

A Strandbeests was strolling across City Hall Plaza Friday under the sun.
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A Strandbeest was strolling across City Hall Plaza Friday under the sun.

A massive kinetic sculpture that moves with the help of large wind-powered sails made its City Hall debut on Friday as the Strandbeests kick off their first major exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. The huge contraption, created by artist Theo Jansen, drew a crowd as it walked along the sunny plaza.

The exhibition, dubbed “Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen,” opens September 19.

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The sculpture was viewed by a crowd Friday.

A Strandbeests model was blown by Jonathan Talit with the Peabody Essex Museum to demonstrate how the sculpture functions.
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A model was blown by Jonathan Talit with the Peabody Essex Museum to demonstrate how the sculpture functions.

The wind-powered Strandbeest was walked from a person due to lack of wind.
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The wind-powered Strandbeest was helped along by a person due to lack of breeze.