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Massive Robot Elephant Cobbled Together with Reclaimed Materials

by , 07/26/10
filed under: Art, Recycled Materials

We’ve explored the joys of recycled robots before, but never any quite as elephantine as, well… this giant elephant. Built in France as part of the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, an art and culture show full of dream and fantasy, the 12 meter high x 8 meter wide mechanical elephant was cobbled together using 45 tons of reclaimed wood and steel. Talk about a memorable green ride… get it? Because elephants have good memories… nevermind, just read on for more details about this amazing robotic beast.



Inspired by the Sultan’s Elephant, an interactive show featuring a mechanized elephant, the massive robot looks surprisingly lifelike aside from a few nuts and bolts and some joints at the trunk and legs showing. Dubbed the “Great Elephant,” it can carry up to 49 passengers at a time on a 45-minute walk – pretty impressive.

We’re not sure if the elephant uses gas or not (though it seems to be emitting some kind of smoke from its trunk?), but if it were to switch over to electric, it might be the future of green transportation. Imagine making your morning commute down Broadway on the back of one of these babies?

Via Exfun

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3 Comments

  1. Giant Helmet Sculpture ... September 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    [...] what sculptor Rafael Melida did with 3,283 yellow helmets, all of which were constructed out of recycled plastic for use in the [...]

  2. Silma Thoron August 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I know it ! It was built in France, in Nantes. As I live 70 km away from this city I’ve seen it a few times. It’s a whole big steampunk project : Les machines de l’ïle [http://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/] . They manage 3 or 4 projects like this elephant, or creating an enormous carousel, with many wood and iron creatures inspired from sea. Take a look, it’s really interesting !

  3. rakimou July 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    It is water coming out from his trunk ;) . Seen him many many times since I used to live in Nantes.

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