Thursday, August 27, 2009

Vernian Art

We have art inspired by French author Jules Verne, who wrote, among other works, A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869–1870), Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), and The Mysterious Island (1875).

Jules Verne was the theme for sand sculptures at Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, 2003. This creation is by sculptor Dan Doubleday, photo by Amazin' Walter.

Nautilus from Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, designed by Harper Goff.

A sampling of Belgian artist François Schuiten's fabulous illustrations for Verne's Paris au XXe siècle:

In Nantes, France, home of the Jules Verne Museum, the Machines of the Isle of Nantes includes this rideable mechanical elephant inspired by both Verne and Leonardo da Vinci:

Must include Verne's grave, sculpture by Albert Roze:

~ The Illustrated Jules Verne
~ Check out the coolest Jules Verne-inspired plane -- it's made of straws, tape, thread, and sandwich wrap.
~ The Smithsonian's Jules Verne Centennial
~ The Jules Verne Festival

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