Verdant Art-Tech Contraption Descends Upon France
This spring, a War of the Worlds-scale tripod carrying verdant laboratories on suspended platforms showed up in Nantes in western France. It was just the latest massive art-tech project from street theater company La Machine, which has been startling Europeans with giant robots for more than a decade. Before the “flying greenhouse,” there was the 50-foot-tall spider on the side of a building in Liverpool.
All of these creatures are members of the Order of Intelligent Machines, a growing mechanical menagerie that La Machine has been assembling since 1999. “We want to fill people with wonder and have them look at their cities differently,” says François Delarozière, La Machine’s artistic director.
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