There is an imaginative and magical place that exists in Nantes, France, an artistically inspired cross between the visions of Jules Verne and Leonardo DaVinci. A company called Les Machines has built enormous robotic marionettes, that walk, fly, cry, and even spit. These creatures are entirely built of exposed wires, wood and steel with no plastic to be found in any of their work. The Machines of the Isle is created by two artists, François Delarozière (La Machine) and Pierre Orefice (Manaus association). Delaroziére used to be a part of the company Royal de Luxe, but broke off his association with them in 2008 to develop his own company, La Machine.