THE MACHINE GALLERY
The Gallery is a living space where new machines are exhibited after they are created in the workshop of the company La Machine. While the elements of the Marine Worlds have joined the Carousel, a totally different universe has been set in the Gallery… one of plants and the Heron Tree.
A heron with a 8-metre wingspan, carrying passengers, flies over the great model of the Heron tree, planted in the middle of the Gallery, real plants are in close contact with mechanical ones and animals of the treetops.
It houses a Laboratory and a whole bestiary of machines: Study ant, carnivorous plants, membracidaes…
The public can be invited to take control of the animals of the treetops or to fly over the model of the Heron tree under the wings of the Heron. From the initial sketches to the Machines in operation, the entire creative process is on display in this Gallery-Laboratory. It shows the building of the Great Elephant, of the Marine Worlds and of the ongoing research on the Heron Tree, major project of the Machines de l’île.
During the visit, the machinists will explain the history and workings of these strange creatures and give birth to this imaginary world of the Heron Tree.
The Gallery is like a performance area where each machine puts on a mini-show.
The European Flight Test Centre
This wind tunnel flight simulator used to test all the amazing flying machines is unique in the world. A machinist takes the control of a “flying flea”, put on its seat belt, helmet and goggles, and flies at speeds of more than 100 km/h.
Playpen stroller and baby carrier are available
Except guide dogs