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Marine Worlds Carousel, Les Machines de I’île, Nantes, France
Located on an island of the Loire River in Nantes, in an abandoned shipyard warehouse, one is delighted to find "Les Machines de l'ïle." A true experimental laboratory created by two artists, François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, it offers a fantasy world that mixes the imagination of Jules Verne with the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci. An incredible collection of mechanical wonders such as the Great Elephant, which is a 50-passenger, walking mechanical elephant and the magnificent flying Heron tree, the pair have now created a stunning new addition: The Marine Worlds Carousel.
Representing Marine Worlds Carousel
at the 2014 TEA Summit on Thea Case Studies Day, April 4:
Pierre OREFICEDirector of the Machines de l’île
In the course of many adventures in art, theater and politics, he meets François Delarozière in Royal de Luxe. 20 years of collaborations and friendship resulted in the Machines de l’Île project. Since 2007, Pierre Orefice is Director of the Machines exploitation and the Nefs, Nantes’ former shipyards warehouses. As co-author of the Machines with François, he is working on the opening of the Heron Tree in 2019, the next ‘machine’ after the Carousel.
François Delarozière, Artistic Director
A graduate of the Marseille Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Delarozière explores theatre from every angle, especially its most monumental forms. As artistic director of the La Machine company, he developed projects in the realm of street shows as well as urban planning. He worked with Patrick Bouchain on a joint project for the architectural urban redevelopment of The Channel, the French national theatre of Calais. He teaches stage design at the Nantes Ecole Nationale Supérieur d’Architecture.
Beautiful sculptures of metal and steel, these sea creatures stand on their own as pieces of art. But, they go one step further than that! Guests can board the carousel and, seated inside, operate them to move their appendages, such as fins, tails and tentacles.
- Diameter 22m
- Height 25m
- Number of elements 35
- Number of seats 85
- Max capacity 300 guests
About the Thea Awards
The Thea Awards, sponsored by Economics at AECOM, were created by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) to help realize a key mission of the association: bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. From a modest beginning in 1994, the Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence. The public is welcome to attend the black-tie 20th Annual Thea Awards Gala, which will be held April 5, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif. USA