Published: April 4, 2014 at 2:28 AM

I like this article a lot. This art exhibition is a beauty to be hold but your introduction is hilarious.
"Themed entertainment isn't just for theme parks anymore. The lessons that creators of theme parks and their attractions have learned over half a century now influence artists and designers throughout the world."

The fair (where this art project partially gets it's inspiration from isn't the American kitsch called Disney Land but the fun fair that has been around in the middle ages and started somewhere around 1133 in Europe. The first steam powered carousel could be found in the 1860's (UK invention) but before that there where horses who walked around and pulled the ride.

When you look at the elephant it looks like a throw back to the elephant that could be seen in another theme park for adults venue, the Moulin Rouge (1889 (they started building the Eiffel tower too that year)). The elephant itself is a non exact replica of a elephant that was made for a theatre production in England but this one can carry 49 packagers for a 45 minute walk.

To credit US theme parks for inspiration of an art project in France is very ignorant. Again great article of a stunning and fun art project.

Jacob Sundstrom

Published: April 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Really interesting carousel. I can't help but wonder what the capacity is like for it -- with all the "non-standard" doors and restraints I have to think it takes a very long time to load it up with guests.

Published: April 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

WOW very cool. I feel like this would be a great addition to DisneySea lol. This would be a great attraction to take your kids to to inspire them to be an engineer that's for sure.
Robert Niles

Published: April 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM


The capacity for these attractions is not great. I'd have to go back and check my notes (not at home right now!), but one of the two said that the capacity for the elephant ride is just a few hundred people per day. And that the carousel capacity is just a couple hundred people per hour. The rides cost 8 euro each, so that's another way to limit the demand for the rides to what the project can handle.

They really function more as attraction-inspired art installations than pure attractions, as they're not the sort of things that scale well into a high-demand theme park. But they certainly should inspire attraction designers... as attraction design clearly has inspired the creators of these pieces.

Jack Partridge

Published: April 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM

OT, I completely agree with your comments. As a European currently living in California, I remember fondly the Festival of Britain with all their Science, Technology and Industrial Design exhibits back in 1951. This attraction has more elements reminiscent of the old cultural expositions and caravans that toured Europe and the Middle East than a heavily commercialised theme park. Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of Mr Disney's accomplishments but even he took a lot of cues from Trivoli Gardens in Copenhagen! That's not to say Mr Disney never improved the art form, but Europe and the Middle East had a very important role in creating wonderful themed spaces.

Published: April 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Wow beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. The mechanical elephant is now on my bucket list!
James Koehl

Published: April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I have GOT to get me one of those!!!