Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Les Machines, part 1

The city of Nantes has turned over a section of the town (an island) that used to be dedicated to ship building, to a bunch of artists and craftsmen who work on the grand scale. They operate under the name "Les Machines de L'Ile" and their first creation is a three-story-tall mechanical elephant that walks around the premises giving rides to enthralled tourists.

Given the litigious nature of the USA, I don't think this could happen here.

It's exciting to be near a huge, moving work of art.

The elephant moves its legs in a totally convincing way but is actually propelled by wheels that one tends to ignore.

A benign juggernaut.

You can admire the elephant while having coffee and pain au chocolat.

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