Machines of the Isle of Nantes
The Machines of the Isle of Nantes (Les Machines de l'île) is an artistic, touristic and cultural project based in Nantes, France. In the old covered buildings of the former shipyards in Nantes that were at one time used for ship construction (les nefs), and later used as business sites, the Machines of the Isle are created by two artists, François Delarozière (of La Machine production company) and Pierre Orefice (of Manaus association). The projects aim to promote the city's image and tries to build an identity as a creative metropolis of dream and of fantasy. The site is open to the public 1 July 2007.