Adventures and misadventures in France.

Machines de l’Ile

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The Machines de l’Ile is a mechanical art exposition based in Nantes. Their whimsical attractions are mostly plant and animal machines inspired by the works of Leonardo DaVinci and Jules Verne.

The Elephant

The Carousel of Marine Worlds

The Heron Tree

Set to open in 2019, the Arbre aux Herons is still in the conceptual phase, but it’s going to be a towering feat of engineering and design measuring 50 meters across and 45 meters high. The structure will be an immense tree-shaped garden, include moving animal machines large enough to carry people throughout the branches, a bar, and swinging herons circling above. The creators have many of their preliminary designs on display including scale models of the tree, prototypes of the animals, a greenhouse testing the durability of various plants, and a single 3-story “branch” walkway.

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Comments on: "Machines de l’Ile" (4)

  1. I would like to add this to the list of places I would like to visit when I come see you, hopefully before too long. I am also intrigued by the Puy du Fou and of course, the bike trail through the Loire Valley! Love mom

  2. […] back in August, we took a trip into Nantes to check out the Machines de l’Ile, a mechanical art exhibition inspired by plants and animals. This also gave us the opportunity to […]

  3. […] Aug13, Say La Vie: Machines de l’Ile […]

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