Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Apenheul Primate Park

Go inside a revolutionary, cage-less zoo where 70 species of monkeys roam free alongside their human visitors
28 Aug 2015
Saint Gallen, Switzerland

Abbey Library of Saint Gall

This is not only one of the oldest collections in Europe, but also possibly the most beautiful
28 Aug 2015
New York, New York

Castle Williams

In its day this historic fort held 100 cannons pointed in almost every direction to protect New York
28 Aug 2015
Cloyne, Canada

Mazinaw Rock

This water-locked cliff face is covered in hundreds of ancient pictographs
28 Aug 2015
Hudson, New Hampshire

Benson's Park

A former zoo turned public park, where visitors can hang out in the old animal cages
27 Aug 2015
Sundbyberg, Sweden

Kymlinge Metro Station

"Only the dead get off at Kymlinge"
27 Aug 2015

Articles

Mechanical Beach Monsters No Match for Boston Crowd Control

by Cara Giaimo / 28 Aug 2015

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A Peabody Essex Museum volunteer coaxes a Strandbeest forward. (Photo: Atlas Obscura)

Strandbeest Handler #4 was having some trouble. It was time to promenade, and her charge—a ten-foot-long scaffold of tan PVC pipes, flanked by two outstretched sails—had stage fright. Its 12 legs, normally eager to show off their perfectly calibrated stride, were frozen in place. As she tugged on one of its extremities, the scratchy sounds of plastic feet dragging on cement cut through Boston’s City Hall Plaza, and an onlooker cried out: “The Beest is resisting!” 

Resistance was futile—the Strandbeests, artist Theo Jansen’s herd of self-propelled, autonomous-seeming mechanical “animals,” are on their first ever U.S. tour, and the humans in charge are making the most of it. This Beest soon fell into step behind its brother, who sported sharp-edged plastic wings instead of sails, and they did round after round of the small corral, posing for pictures like huge, skeletal show ponies. 

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