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The Island Machines : An Urban Dimension
The Island Machines
An Urban Dimension
Valérie Samuel + Nicolas Pons, August 13, 2007
Nautilus-Nantes
Nautilus-Nantes
 
“A team of machine builders have set up their workshop in the industrial warehouses of the former shipyards, at the heart of the Ile de Nantes. The designers let their imaginations roam from the treetops to the savannah to the ocean depths, building a bestiary of living machines that escape the confines of the workshop to populate this area under redevelopment. The Great Elephant, the Marine Worlds and the Heron Tree are urban sculptures open to the public. Like doors to the world of dreams and magical journeys, they give this area a mysterious feel harking back to the time when it was the starting point for vessels setting out to travel the world” François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice

Nautilus-Nantes
Nautilus-Nantes
 
In the industrial warehouses of the former shipyards emblematic of the industrial and port heritage of the city, several extraordinary Machines are being built. Imagined by François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, this totally unprecedented artistic project called “Les Machines de l’Ile” will eventually include some ten monumental mechanical structures open to the public.

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