|"Ooh-la-la. Vous est un Big Boy, aren't vous?"|
A week ago I was off the blog/radar in Brittany, France. It's a region famous for its neolithic monuments (of which more later, I don't doubt) - but here's something it should be at least as famous for because it is TOTALLY F*CKING WONDERFUL: Les Machines de L'île in the city of Nantes.
The Machines is a gigantic ongoing steampunk art project inspired by Jules Verne. They build HUGE mobile creatures that are part vehicle, part puppet, and all awesome.
BEHOLD THE ELEPHANT: it's 12m tall and can take 50 passengers on a 45 minute walk!
|(When the drivers aren't on strike, of course...)|
Their current project is the Heron Tree, a 45m steel structure with a self-sustaining plant ecosystem, in which visitors and robots interact among the branches.
They are busy building working prototypes:
|It looks really weird!|
|No, hold on, this is way weirder...|
|OMG I'm going to have nightmares|
... which we got free rides on because of the strike :-D
|A hysterically happy Ashbless|