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Towering Deep-sea diver in Jules Verne’s Hometown of Nantes

How fantastic. In Adventure and fantasy writer’s Jules Verne‘s hometown of Nantes, France, the Estuary 2009 Arts Festival will include a 9.5- metre-tall deep-sea diver, the latest creation from French mechanical marionette street theater company Royale de Luxe.

The theater company includes elaborate stories with each of their creations, and the giant deep-sea diver is no exception. His history includes the Titanic, a dead sister, a missing niece, secret messages from geysers and a job spent sawing icebergs.

Photo Credit misterstf

On Friday, the giant “woke” and made his way through the town, to the delight, admiration and astonishment of onlookers. The functioning marionette weighs two and a half tons, and requires 30 people to operate and move him.

I can only imagine Jules Verne, with his love of adventure, a story well told, and the grandiose, would approve.

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