Experience Leonardo da Vinci’s genius first-hand when da Vinci Machines opens at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton this Saturday 5 July. This exciting exhibition features 60 of his visionary inventions in the areas of flying machines, nautical innovations, and machines of war, alongside 15 beautifully crafted replicas of famous da Vinci artworks.
Regional Manager of WA Museum – Geraldton Leigh O’Brien said this exhibition is unlike anything the Geraldton community had seen before, showcasing the breadth of Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary talent in an interesting and interactive way.
“Our visitors won’t just get a glimpse of da Vinci’s brilliance; they will be able to explore the whole creative process of building these machines,” Ms O’Brien said.
Some of the exhibits include a revolutionary underwater breathing apparatus; a concept for a helicopter made of reeds, linen, and iron thread; and plans for an armoured vehicle made from wood – potentially the world’s first military tank.
“The display places da Vinci’s Codices or concept drawings alongside real models of his machines, created by modern day artisans who, true to da Vinci’s ideas, used only materials of da Vinci’s day in construction. Many of the exhibits are interactive, allowing visitors to feel and operate completed machines.”
Some of the exhibits include a revolutionary underwater breathing apparatus; a concept for a helicopter made of reeds, linen, and iron thread; and plans for an armoured vehicle made from wood – potentially the world’s first military tank. Testament to da Vinci’s brilliance and forethought is the fact that the mechanical theory behind these ideas generated in the 15th Century is still relevant in the 21st Century.
Da Vinci Machines will feature at the WA Museum – Geraldton from 5 July to 19 October. Tickets can be purchased from the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton or on the website at www.museum.wa.gov.au.
The da Vinci Machines exhibition is presented by Niccolai – Teknoart SNC and the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci, Florence.
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