As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum in London welcomes over 3 million visitors a year. The Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring the next generation of scientists with iconic objects, exciting exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.
Players have raised an amazing £625,000 for the Science Museum's work so far, and thanks to this funding, the museum has been able to open exciting new exhibitions, like Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius. This project highlights the talent that sparked Leonardo's reputation as an exceptional and enduring inspiration in the fields of engineering and art.
Predominantly recognised as one of history's greatest painters, Leonardo da Vinci was also a gifted engineer. Taking inspiration from nature, Leonardo created a remarkable body of mechanical drawings that showed a radical approach to the challenges of flight, manufacturing and war. The Mechanics of Genius brings the intricate mechanical concepts of this curious mind to life.
Co-conceived and co-produced by Cité des Sciences and the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, the UK premiere of this touring exhibition takes the machines that Leonardo drew and exquisitely reinterprets them in 3D form, alongside games and multimedia installations. The 39 historical models in the exhibition – including flying machines, diving apparatus and weapons – were made in Milan in 1952 in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's birth.
Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, said, "Leonardo da Vinci is one of history's greatest independent thinkers, whose determination to imagine the world anew inspired humankind for generations and will continue to do so for generations to come. We hope this unique exhibition helps our visitors to understand more about his skilled and innovative approach to engineering and to be inspired to look afresh at the world around them."
Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius opens on 10th February 2016 and will run until 4th September 2016 at the Science Museum in London. Tickets are on sale now. Visit sciencemuseum.org.uk/leonardo for further details.
* Images courtesy of Cité des Sciences and the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.