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SEW Eurodrive sponsor The Da Vinci Machines: An Exhibition of Genius

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SEW Eurodrive  will sponsor the Da Vinci Machines: An Exhibition of Genius at the pavilion on Parliament Square Gardens, Hobart. The exhibition runs daily from January to March.

A tried and tested partnership, Leonardo Da Vinci was the forefather to the technology. Without Da Vinci’s Machines, drive automation may not have come to exist today.

Visitors can wander through the exhibition to see the many gears and pulleys in Da Vinci’s machines, before seeing today’s modern equivalent from SEW Eurodrive.

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 have already been seen Florence, Venice, New York, Warsaw, Madrid, Hong Kong, Dubai, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

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. The massive pavilion, housing the exhibition on Riverside Drive, has been specifically built in accordance with Da Vinci’s original sketch.

The main features under the big tent include the 'tank’, ‘spring powered car’, ‘hang glider’ and the ‘air screw’, a precursor to the helicopter.

Da Vinci had created some 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. These paintings can be viewed at this exhibition.

A cinema features a documentary about the inventor’s life. 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 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Historical documents reveal Da Vinci had commissioned local artisans to create his machines. However, none of these have survived.

The systematic study of Vincian Technology is a recent phenomenon dating back only 50 years. A company 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 pavilion is divided into four sections. The east section features copies of Da Vinci’s artworks; the west section looks at engineering and futuristic designs, which includes weapons and several flying machines; the north houses drawings and sketches, including illustrations, anatomical sketches and unfinished works; the south area is an historical exhibit about the life and times of Leonardo Da Vinci.

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