Theme park for The Animals Style Machines

The Machines of the Isle of Nantes (Les Machines de l’île) is an artistic, touristic and cultural theme park based in NantesFrance. Orignal it is a project of Machines de l’île in Nantes aims that to promote city’s image and tries to build an identity as a creative metropole of dream and of fantasy. The Machines of the Isle is created by two artists, François Delarozière (La Machineand Pierre Orefice (Manaus association), visualisions a travel-through-time world at the crossroads of the “imaginary worlds” of Jules Verne and the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci. 

Three major Machines projects include :

  • The Great Elephant (2007)

The mechanical elephant is 12 meters high and 8 meters wide, made from 45 tons of wood and steel. It can take up to 49 passengers for a 45-minute walk.

  • The Marine Worlds Carrousel (2012)

The Marine Worlds will be a huge carrousel, rising nearly 25m high and measuring 20m in diameter. It will feature 35 moving underwater creatures on three levels: the ocean floor, the depths, and sea and boats. Visitors will be able to move about amidst a ballet of aquatic animals and sea carriages, as well as climb aboard and guide the movements of the Machines.

  • The Heron Tree (2014)

The Heron Tree is a steel structure of 45 meters in diameter and 28 meters in height, topped with two herons. The project plans to allow visitors to climb either onto the back or onto the wings of the birds for a circular flight over the hanging gardens of the tree.

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