The Island of magical machines
The Great Elephant has become the unofficial symbol of the city, appearing on postcards and souvenirs. It’s also the emblem of the street-theatre company, La Machine as well as being used by the Les Machines de l’île artistic project, which is based on the site of the old city shipyards. The starting point for the daily outings of the Great Elephant are the sheds where the heating furnaces were fitted into the ships passing through the yard. Today the dreamlike creatures of Nantes welcome visitors of all ages to an open-air amusement park.
Even the waves are man-made
The Carrousel des Mondes Marins in front of the Jules Verne Museum is an aquarium guarded by 16 fishermen from all the world’s oceans. The visitor can interact with marine creatures from the depths of the ocean - the reverse propulsion squid, the giant crab or the pirate fish.