Take a look at the intriguing Voyages à Nantes festival

PUBLISHED: 13:57 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 21 July 2017

Le Grand Elephant at Les Machines de l'ile in Nantes © Jean-Dominique Billaud - Nautilus / LVAN

Le Grand Elephant at Les Machines de l'ile in Nantes © Jean-Dominique Billaud - Nautilus / LVAN


The annual Voyages à Nantes art festival transforms the streets of Nantes into a giant exhibition space. These are some of our favourite parts of this year’s festival including a skydiving walrus and a giant slide!

Over the summer the city of Nantes in Pays-de-la-Loire is taken over by the Voyages a Nantes art festival. Contemporary art installations and exhibitions pop up in streets, quays and squares, all linked by a 16-kilometre green line that spectators can follow. This is the sixth year the festival has been run and you have until 27th August to visit. These are some of our favourite installations from the Voyages a Nantes...

Ever wanted to slide down the side of a 13th-century castle? Well now you can! How much fun does this slide along the walls of the Château des Ducs de Bretagne look?!

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A Ferris wheel with digger buckets instead of seats has appeared in the Place du Bouffary...

It looks like a skydiving walrus has got his parachute stuck on the Musée Dobrée...

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While there is a striking architectural sculpture in the gardens of the Musée Dobrée

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These lovely miniature versions of some of Nantes’s buildings can be found in the Rue de Puits-d’Argent

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The Maison d’Arrêt (a type of French prison) has been decorated with graffiti-style art

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This is a rather beautiful sight on the River Erdre

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And in the Jardin des Plantes you will find...

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And don’t forget to stop off at the Machines de l’île for a ride on the elephant!

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