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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Les Machines l'Isle - Verne and DaVinci Tribute Museum

When I saw this, my reaction was "OMG!!!"
and "I wish I could be there!"
To quote the creators of this wonderland:

“A team of machine builders have set up their workshop in the industrial warehouses of the former shipyards, at the heart of the Ile de Nantes. The designers let their imaginations roam from the treetops, the savannah to the ocean depths, building a bestiary of living machines to populate this area under redevelopment. The Great Elephant, the Marine Worlds and the Heron Tree are urban sculptures open to the public. Like doors to the world of dreams and magical journeys, they give this island a mysterious feel as if we were back to the time when the vessels set sail to travel around the world.” -- François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice

There are several beasts that people can climb inside and control in the Gallery section of the museum, including a crab, a manta ray, and a squid! In the Workshop, visitors can watch builders working to create astounding new creatures and devices.

The video shows demonstrations of the massive mechanical sculptures and creatures including the elephant. This 12 meter high, 8 meter wide creature regularly carries 49 passengers inside its' balconies and indoor lounge on leisurely excursions around the site of the former shipyards on the isle of Nantes.

If I ever make it back overseas, I am so going there!


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