Two artists, François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, visualised a travel-through-time world at the crossroads of the "imaginary worlds" of Jules Verne and the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci and created it in the warehouses of the former shipyards in Nantes.
The exhibition opened to the public in July 2007 and the three major Machine projects are: The Great Elephant, the Marine Worlds Carrousel (opening Spring 2010) and the Heron Tree (opening 2014).
Video: Elephant walking through the crowd.
The mechanical elephant is 12 meters high and 8 meters wide, made from 45 tons of wood and steel. It can take up to 49 passengers for a 45-minute walk. It is a replica of The Sultan's Elephant, which toured the world from 2005 to 2007.
Video: Giant Squid
You can learn more about this fascinating exhibition by visiting www.lesmachines-nantes.fr