Giant Jules Verne diver takes to the streets of Nantes, courtesy of the Sultan's Elephant people


13 Responses to “Giant Jules Verne diver takes to the streets of Nantes, courtesy of the Sultan's Elephant people”

  1. Bucket says:

    Malkovich! Malkovich malkovich maklovich malkovich.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oups ! You did not credit me for the picture.

    Please let your readers know my name ( ©2009 Stéphane Lerouge – Nantes) and show a link to my Flickr’s galerie.



  3. Ministry says:

    Also watch out for ‘La Machine’, the offshoot company of François Delarozière, who designed the Sultan’s Elephant but has since left Royal De Luxe.

    La Princesse, La Machine’s giant mechanical spider, was in Liverpool last September (and may have been my highlight of 2008), and Yokohama in ~6 weeks ago.

  4. 0xdeadbeef says:

    #2 – NASCAR culture is superior. The Robosaurus doesn’t require strings.

  5. Ratdog says:

    I was in Nantes a while ago and saw their elephant and a couple of their other creations. They were pretty impressive.

  6. Alli says:


    If you’re interested in this subject, take a moment to look up Le Machine De’lile in Nantes as well. The head honchos have close ties to Royal Deluxe and they do the machines you see in the Royal Deluxe performances; for example, they are the folks who made Sultan’s Elephant.

  7. Schorsch says:

    Mantini, you gimmicky bastard…

  8. Anonymous says:

    I loved The Sultan’s Elephant. Looking forward to seeing video of this performance, as well.

  9. hassan-i-sabbah says:


  10. Nawel says:

    Royal De Luxe came to Chile in 2007, with a girl puppet (La Pequeña Gigante). It created a lot of interest -hundreds of people in the streets to watch it. Quite impressive, but the huge numbers of people plus the heat were not very attractive.

    They are coming again in our summer, 2010. Apparently is the same story with the giant diver and the girl. They adapt their stories to each country.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thx ! :-)


  12. KidDork says:

    Humans. We create NASCAR culture, but we also create things like this. No wonder Doctor Who keeps saving us from the Daleks.

  13. ill lich says:

    Looks like a deep-sea golem.

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