Monday, September 12, 2011

DaVinci Exhibit in St. Louis

Mark and I went to St. Louis this weekend to a Cardinals game (they won against the Atlanta Braves 4-3!).  Before we went to the game, we stopped off at the DaVinci Exhibit at the Bank of America building, which was about 2 blocks from the stadium. 

Course, with Mark being an engineer, he really enjoyed it.  Were allowed to take pictures in the exhibit. The exhibit was about Leonardo’s drawings that were made into replica models.  Some were interactive and you could make them do things, others had signs that said “Do Not Touch”.  Those were the ones Mark would always go for and I’d say “You Can’t Touch Those!”.  I think everyone did that because they didn’t really have them protected.

This was a car idea.





This had a handle on it that you turned and it would pull the wheel in toward the device and push the pole up for an easy way to lift long things.DSCF2198

This was a hammer, you turned the handle, the hammer would lift up then fall down and hit the anvil.


This was a paddle boat.  DSCF2200

You would turn the handle on this, there was water in the bottom, it would be picked up through the spiral tube at the bottom, then deposited in the top.  DSCF2201

A bridge that could be easily assembled.DSCF2202

This was a model of a underwater breathing apparatus.  Like a modern day dive helmet. 


This was a water life preserver.


These was a pulley system.  The first one you couldn’t hardly lift the bag of sand, the second one with the 2 pulleys was pretty easy, the 3rd one was much easier and the 4th one on the far right was the easiest to lift.


This was a bike.


A parachute!


A helicopter.DSCF2209

This was a tank idea.  The cannons would shoot out from all directions, the lid would close down to protect those inside the tank.  DSCF2210


This was a war device, there are metal cutters, an animal or something would pull the device and the choppers would chop down anyone or anything that got in its way.  DSCF2211

It was a really neat exhibit.  I always knew about DaVinci’s famous paintings, the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, but I didn’t realize all the engineering ideas he came up with and all the drawings.  It was a really neat exhibit and well worth the $14 to visit it.

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