Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Our family have just returned from a 3 week trip to France and visited Les Iles de Machines in Nantes which is a life changing place. Art is very definitely alive and well in this commune of artists designers. What incredible steam punk vision of the world of Jules Verne (born in Nantes). The elephant is over 30 foot high and walks the streets with you on its back in a cabin of polished mahogany and huge pistons and rods all working as its huge frame moves ponderously along the streets. It is a great life experience. The artists vision which is now in the making for 2019 is a world tree, all made of metal with creatures alive in the tree is breathtaking. They have a scale model and the elephant can walk beneath the branches, which have caterpillars and birds that fly. Awesome and well worth going to France just to see this vision coming alive!
Website address for the Elephant