We’re going today to Nantes, France, and a really cool interactive mechatronic art installation located on an island in the Loire river. Called Les Machines de L’Ile and created by Francois Delaroziere and Pierre Orefice, its purpose is to fire the imaginations of visitors by helping them visualize a fantasy world at the intersection of Jules Verne and Leonardo Da Vinci.
There are currently two main installations (with a third scheduled for completion in 2014):
1. The Great Elephant: weighing in at nearly 50 tons, this beast can take up to 49 passengers.
2. The Marine World Carousel: even bigger than the Great Elephant, this carousel boasts 35 underwater creatures over 3 levels.
The site is very interactive, with many of the pieces built such that guests can ride them. I’ve never been there but as far as I’m concerned, it sounds way better than Disneyland.