This is an extraordinary monument which stands on the île de Nantes, opposite the Great Elephant and the Galerie des Machines on the former Alstom shipyards. The Marine Worlds Carousel transports both children and adults on a fabulous journey into the imaginary world of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci and the history of the maritime industry in Nantes.
Covered with a bright red tent, this giant merry go round, nearly 25 metres high and 22 metres in diameter, overlooking the Loire can accommodate up to 85 people seated and close to 300 people standing. Young and old take their place aboard one of 35 fantastic machines spread over three levels: the seabed, the abyss and the surface of the sea.
Board the Giant Crab of blue and orange or the Manta Ray, seize the levers of the retro-propulsion Calamari or see yourself as the great sea horseman of the ‘Attelage des mers’ or in the ladies carriage ‘Carrosse pour Dames’, it’s not so easy to make a choice among these kind sea monsters.
The Monsters of wood and steel
Made of wood, steel, leather and glass, all of these machines were built in Nantes in the workshop and from the sketches of François Delarozière and Pierre Oréfice – creators of the famous elephant – by ironworkers, carpenters, sculptors and welders of the Compagnie La Machine between 2007 and 2011.