Over on squid.us, we were going through our backlog of submissions and came across “Le Calmar Geant a Retropropulsion” (which translates to The Giant Squid with Reverse Thrust), a beautifully articulated mechanical giant squid, which is one of the featured attractions in “Les Machines de l’le de Nantes”, a new project from the amazing Royal de Luxe (see previously Royal de Luxe in Nantes & London).
Planned as a new artistic, cultural and tourist venture, and part of an urban renewal of the docklands, it consists of numerous large mechanical creatures to build dreams around, imagined by Francois Delaroziere and Pierre Orefice. They are installed in the great naves of the old shipyards on the island of Nantes, France.
Here’s a video of the giant squid in action.
photos by Claude Joannis