The Leonardo da Vinci Machines Exhibition - An exhibition of Genius

The Leonardo da Vinci Machines Exhibition, an exhibition of Genius.Explore the mind of the greatest genius of all time at The Leonardo Da Vinci Machines Exhibition which opens in South Bank, Brisbane June 6th 2009.



The exhibition brings together creations and concepts devised more than 500 years ago by the brilliant scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci.


With over 60 machines on display, many of which are interactive, the collection features replicas of the major and most striking inventions of the original Renaissance Man.


The replicas based on the designs of Da Vinci, who was without doubt the most significant engineer and technologist of his era, have already been seen by millions worldwide from Florence, Venice, New York and Warsaw to Madrid, Hong Kong, Dubai, Melbourne and Sydney.


This public display is informative and thought-provoking with the emphasis on enjoyment and interaction and offers a stimulating, entertaining and educational experience for pre-schoolers through to seniors. Even the pavilion housing the exhibition on has been specifically designed in accordance with Da Vinci’s original sketches of the ideal city


The main features under the big tent include the “Bicycle”, “spring powered car”, “hang glider” and the “air screw”, a precursor to the helicopter.


Da Vinci created some of the greatest paintings in the history of art and high quality canvas reproductions of his most famous artworks such as Mona Lisa, Vitruvian Man, the Last Supper and The Annunciation can be viewed at this exciting exhibition.


A cinema features a documentary about the inventor’s life, plus there will be computer animations of the more complex models, informative panels showing images of his original designs and children’s activities like building your own parachute.


Innovative and creative, Leonardo da Vinci passionately dedicated himself to scientific studies. His manuscripts – known as Codices – exhibit ingenious solutions to practical problems of his time and he was able to imagine future possibilities such as flying machines and automation.


Historical documents reveal Da Vinci commissioned local artisans, who were the only craftsmen he trusted, to create his machines but unfortunately none of these have survived.


The systematic study of Vincian Technology is a recent phenomenon dating back only 50 years. A family of Florentine artisans have interpreted Da Vinci’s designs and constructed fine models, using computers to calculate their exact proportions. Each machine is hand-crafted using the materials of the time – wood, cotton, brass, iron and cord.


The tent is divided into four sections, each of which contains high quality reproductions of da Vinci’s most famous artworks. The sections are as follows: Military machines, Civil engineering, Hydraulics and water studies and Flight and aeronautics.


The exhibition runs from June 6th to September 6th daily from 10am – 6pm in the Da Vinci pavilion at the Cultural Forecourt South Bank, Brisbane.


Tickets available at the door. Cost: adult $20, concession $15 (student, pensioner, carers card etc.), junior $10 (ages 4-13) and family $50 (2 adults & 2 juniors).


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Leonardo Da Vinci Machines Exhibition


Tom Rizzo 0421 175 339

Exhibition Manager and Artisan of Florence


Luigi Rizzo 0404 683 768

Australasian Managing Director

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