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Les Machines de l'île France
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Les Machines de l'île

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.

Les Machines de l'île

Les Machines de l'île , The elephant of Nantes , France
The elephant of Nantes

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
Les Machines de l'île , The heron tree , France
The heron tree

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
Les Machines de l'île , The connection with Jules Verne , France
The connection with Jules Verne

The Machines of the Isle let their imagination fun freely in the world of Jules Verne.

© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
Les Machines de l'île , The Machines Gallery , France
The Machines Gallery

The Machines Gallery is located in the old boilerworks of the shipyards of Nantes.

© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
Les Machines de l'île , Everyone to the harbour by bicloo! , France
Everyone to the harbour by bicloo!

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
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