Under the steel naves of the shipyards, you will come across a funny-looking bestiary. A giant elephant, a sprawling squid, seahorses, a water snake and deep-sea fish have taken over the old boiler works. Created by François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, the Machines of the Isle were installed in July 2007. These monumental mechanical structures have become the great attraction of Nantes in the field of dream and popular art of the Royal de Luxe (a marionette street theatre company). It is a symbol of Nantes' cultural dynamism following in the steps of Jules Verne.
The elephant is the most impressive of the Machines of the Isle. It goes for regular little outings on the port, to the great delight of the visitors who climb onto its back!© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
The branches of the heron tree reach out of the buildings. This is one of the latest creations of what has a become an attraction of Nantes.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
The Machines of the Isle let their imagination fun freely in the world of Jules Verne.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
The Machines Gallery is located in the old boilerworks of the shipyards of Nantes.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
One of the best ways to get to the Machines? The bicloo, a system in the city that enables its inhabitants rent bikes from terminals dotted all around the city.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE