Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests came to Crane Beach in August, 2015, but the bigger news was the largest invasion of people the town of Ipswich has experienced in recent memory. Even though it was cool and cloudy, Deb and I anticipated a traffic backup on Argilla Road, so we took our bicycles.
Finally, the Strandbeests were able to move a short distance up and down the beach. The photo above is as close as we got, and for the most part, we couldn’t see anything. The video below was posted by Emily Rose Parent on the I Love Ipswich Facebook group.
What we saw:
Back in town, we realized that all those people who couldn’t get to Crane Beach were now in downtown Ipswich looking for something to do. Hundreds had taken the train, but the buses to the beach were stuck in traffic. Ipswich at noon looked perilously like a tourist town. We stopped at Zumi’s, and were able to quickly order a couple of espressos before riding home. By 2 pm, Ipswich appeared to be back to “normal.”
Story of the Strandbeests:
What we anticipated: