Difficult not to see it. Its high silhouette to the vibrant colors, the Crane Titan Yellow, in the heart of the former site of the shipyards, overlooks the port of Nantes, and seems to watch over the city. It was built in 1958, the year when the city dismantled its transporter bridge. With the Grey Crane, the tip of the island of Nantes, and the Black Crane, on the right bank of the Loire to the initial location of the chantiers Dubigeon, Cranes Nantes form a triptych of historical memory, essential. All three are now classified as historic monuments. They are there to remind of the industrial past and maritime City of the dukes of Brittany, and nourish the imagination of its inhabitants and its visitors. Here is the beautiful story of the Cranes of Nantes.
This book, illustrated with archival documents and photos of Cédric Blondeel, in the spirit of fine books From Nantes, tells their beautiful story is closely linked to that of the city of Nantes and the port. The not so distant past in which these last witnesses today are real totems. "It is our Eiffel Tower," says proudly a former naval when he mentions the yellow Crane. Let yourself be carried away by the memories of this great and beautiful lady...
The beautiful story of the cranes of Nantes
By Dominique Bloyet and Cédric Blondeel
Editions ChaBlobLo – Nantes – December 2018
40 pages. Format A5 landscape.
Livre Animal Emotion