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the Great Elephant is 12 meters high, weighs 45 tons, can carry 49 people on its back for a 45-minute promenade along the Loire River, and is powered by the motor from a city bus. But the not-in-Kansas-anymore part is that it trumpets, wags its tail, blinks its eyes, sprays people with water from its trunk, and has been known to pee on the sidewalk. The beast is but one of the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, a sculptural and mechanical oasis of whimsical creatures inspired by Nantes native…

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The Ultimate Guide to the Steampunk Movement

"The 'Sultan's Elephant' at The Machines of the Isle of Nantes exhibit (page 118) is really incredible."

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Funky Blue "Court of Water" Wall Plays Music When It Rains (VIDEO)

funnel wall at the kunsthof passage in neustadt, germany - a wall that plays music when it rains.

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Fabien Mérelle né à Fontenay-sous-Bois en 1981, vit et travaille à Paris)..Passionné par le dessin. Les recherches esthétiques de Fabien Mérelle sont marquées par un style réaliste et minutieux. L’obsession du détail est renforcée par une absence quasi immédiate de tout fond. La maturité surprenante du dessin juxtapose l’art et l’humour, l’ironie et la cruauté.

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Picture This: F-18 Buzzes Detroit Apartment

A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet does low-level demonstration flight during opening ceremony of a speedboat race on the Detroit River - June 2012

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La compagnie Les Machines de l'Ile, basée à Nantes, et une de leurs premières créations. Bravo au génie de François et Pierre. Un succès bien mérité. L'éléphant articulé est haut de 14 m et est en bois de tulipier.

This majestic elephant has its face accented with face paint. Although, I don't condone the capturing or holding animals in captivity. I consider this picture to be beautiful nonetheless.

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