The Great Elephant may amble across the park at a gentle three kilometers per hour, but inside he's a hive of activity -- propelled by a 450-horse power motor, 60 cylinders, 2,000-liters of oil, and a complex system of jacks, pulleys and gears.
A steel skeleton forms the base of the wooden body -- replete with wrinkles carved beneath the blinking eyes.
But the hydraulic beast isn't quite left to roam free, with an on-board driver steering him across the park, spraying onlookers with water from his rippling trunk.
"Sketchbooks are a starting point in creative process," says Delaroziere. "They offer ideas for the seizing, define the rules of the game, and provide a rich basis for builders to begin constructing their interpretations on."
Real big things
The fantastical world of Jules Verne looms large at Les Machine de L'lle.
But there's a distinct difference between the French author's pioneering novels and the psychedelic Steampunk park of his birthplace.
As Delaroziere says: "Jules Verne's creations remain imaginary. Whereas we built real machines."