Nautilus makes an appearance at San Francisco Flower Show

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San Francisco Flower and Garden show Nautilus land submarine

The San Francisco Flower Show is underway at the San Mateo Event Centre and it can easily be said that the star of the show is The Nautilus.

The submarine featured in the Captain Nemo stories by Jules Verne is part of landscape designer Nathan Beeck’s garden, named Vulcania “An Oasis for your Soul”, which he hopes will win Best in Show.

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San Francisco Flower and Garden show exhibit Nautilus

From his website, Beeck describes Vulcania:

Jules Verne
Cover of Jules Verne

The dense foliage of exotic plants reaches to the sky, enveloping you and the sounds of falling water. Light from a glowing lagoon plays across the surfaces of this whimsical, fantasy oasis, vibrating with a new energy. Then you see it: Captain Nemo’s Nautilus, reborn out of the imagination of Burning Man, has returned to its island home. The creative wonder it discovered on the Playa has infused the landscape and now radiates from all the botanical, sculptural, and exotic treasures that Captain Nemo has collected from his adventures around the world.

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San Francisco Flower and Garden show exhibit Vulcania steampunk mannequin

The Nautilus is a land submarine, built by Christopher Bently, Sean Orlando and Five Ton Crane (an artistic collective from Oakland). It has a top speed of 13MPH and the chassis is actually a tow tractor used for moving aeroplanes.

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San Francisco Flower and Garden show exhibit Vulcania

It also comes equipped with a Harpoon water cannon, iPod interface, programmable LED lighting system, Specimen lab, Night vision periscope and Poop deck with custom made canopy.

You can learn more about the San Francisco Flower and Garden show which is running at this moment, by following this link: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

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