Da Vinci’s in­ven­tions brought to life in ex­hibit


While Leonardo da Vinci is renowned for his artistic abil­i­ties, a new ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases the ge­nius’ en­gi­neer­ing in­no­va­tions.

Spring-pow­ered cars, fly­ing ma­chines, flood lights and hang glid­ers are among Da Vinci’s ground-break­ing tech­nolo­gies on show at Mo­tat in Auck­land.

Da Vinci’s Ma­chines, an in­ter­ac­tive tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, is from the mu­seum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy. It is the life work of three gen­er­a­tions of Floren­tine ar­ti­sans who have been study­ing and re­con­struct­ing Da Vinci’s in­ven­tions.

The ex­hi­bi­tion’s in­ter­na­tional man­ager Tom Rizzo says most of the in­ven­tions have been built for the first time ever.

‘‘A lot of them were thought projects or con­cept de­signs that were never ac­tu­ally con­structed in Leonardo’s time. But we are find­ing when we build them now, even us­ing the same tools and the same ma­te­rial, the sci­ence is spot on…he was far ahead of his time.’’

The ex­hibit brings to life 80 ma­chines, all hand­crafted by Ital­ian artists us­ing the same ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques used by Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci’s Ma­chines will be on show at Mo­tat un­til Oc­to­ber 16.

In­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion man­ager Tom Rizzo with a replica of Da Vinci’s ro­bot drum­mer.

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