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Loire to launch "astonishing" art

Travellers will have an extra reason to go on France holidays this summer with what promises to be "one of the world's most astonishing contemporary art exhibitions" set to be held on the Loire river.

Taking place between June 1st and September 1st, the Loire Estuary Project 2007 will feature more than 40 installations from internationally-known artists such as the UK's Anish Kapoor and Holland's Atelier Van Lieshout.

It will stretch 40 miles between the cities of Nantes and St Nazaire, with works placed everywhere from cities and ports to the riverbank and in the water itself.

The works are designed to be both unusual and fun, such as an 80-foot duck, dramatic fountains and a floating house, which can all be viewed free of charge on foot or by bike, or via a three-hour river cruise on a specially-built mirrored boat.

Other attractions along the Loire that should not be missed on a France holiday include the Gallery of Machines in Nantes, which features a 40-foot tall animatronic elephant that conducts tours carrying 30 passengers.

Nantes is the capital of the west of France and will be hosting several of the Rugby World Cup matches in September.

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