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Da Vinci Machines and Robotics exhibition on at Tairawhiti Museum

Leonardo da Vinci’s influence has been so great that even 500 years after his death, his art and approach to science and technology continue to inspire people in the 21st Century.

Now that inspiration can be found here at Tairawhiti Museum in the Da Vinci Machines and Robotics exhibition that runs until May 20.

There is free entry for Tairawhiti residents and a charge of $5 for visitors.

Da Vinci is the artist behind the world’s most famous paintings, the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, as well as the iconic Vitruvian Man drawing, which shows the proportions of the human body.

Da Vinci was also famous for his inventions and it is this that is the focus of the international touring exhibition Da Vinci Machines and Robotics.

On loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, the hand-crafted exhibition brings together ingenious creations devised more than 500 years ago.

Created by the acclaimed Artisans of Florence in collaboration with The Niccolai Group (Firenze), the exhibition consists of more than 60 exhibits reconstructed from da Vinci’s manuscripts and drawings.

Many of the pieces are interactive and the collection brings to life da Vinci’s most important and impressive world firsts, including the bicycle, hang glider, the aerial screw (the precursor to the helicopter), the scuba suit, a mechanical lion and the incredible robot drummer.

For more information about the Da Vinci Machines and Robotics exhibition education programme contact education@tairawhitimuseum.org.nz

THE DA VINCI MODE: This bike was constructed from a drawing found in a collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbooks — the Codex Atlanticus. It is just one of the many inventions that the 15th century genius designed. Picture supplied