The Galerie is a living space showcasing a veritable bestiary of machines. The machines built in the workshops of theatre company, La Machine, are tested in this lab.
During the visit, the machinists will explain the history and workings of these strange creatures and breathe life into the imaginary world of the Arbre aux Hérons, major project of Les Machines de l’île.
In 2018, the crucial prototypes for the studies of the Heron Tree will be set up in the Galerie. A large 1:5 scale model of the trunk, branches, struts, and roots will be exposed. And you can discover the first elements of the mechanical aviary: a giant hummingbird gathering nectar from a flower, and a flock of wild geese.
The mechanical Spider is located at the heart of the Galerie des Machines. Sleeping in its nest, it is awakened by the machinists who seat four people on its abdomen. It climbs up along its threads, and moves above the public.
High up in the rafters of the Galerie des Machines, you can see a heron with an 8 meterlong wingspan soaring gracefully. Then it’s Giant Ant’s turn to make his entrance. Here, real plants grow next to mechanical ones, creating a canopy for the animals… and, you might be invited to climb in and, you might be invited to control one of them!
From the very first sketches to fully functioning machines, the entire creative process is on display in this Galerie/laboratory. It shows the construction of the Grand Éléphant, the Carrousel des Mondes Marins and the ongoing research being done for the Arbre aux Hérons.
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.