If Terry Gilliam designed amusement parks it might look a little like Les Machines de l’île.

About the project:

Les Machines de l’île is an unprecedented artistic project. Born from the imaginations of François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, it is a blend of the invented worlds of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and the industrial history of Nantes, on the exceptional site of the former shipyards.

i want to go to there


Okay, I’ve been there, and I want to point out the everloving awesome that this poster has missed out on. On the third photo from the top there is a model of a tree in the middle of the image. It’s the spiky metal thing in a triangle of green. This is a maquette (a mock up) of Les Machines’ next project; a tree made of steel, covered in plants, with a bar built in it. The cranes and the giant caterpillar are going to live in it.

So far, so cool, no we get to the awesome bit, which is the scale. That tree is going to be 30 meters high, and 50 meters wide. That entire area in the last photo? Tree. The cranes are going to be about four times the size of the ones in the photo, and fly up another 10 meters, carrying people on their backs and in baskets. It will have real trees growing on it.

The first branch of the thing is being already being built. It’s aiming to be finished by 2014.


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