Ever wondered what it's like to be inside the mind of the most prolific inventor in history?
I got the answers to that question last July 24 when I attended the launch of Da Vinci's Workshop at the SM Mall of Asia.
Before I take you to a tour of the workshop, let's get to know Leonardo Da Vinci first.
Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific and mathematical approach to art produced amazing three-dimensional artworks that later became basis for modern science. Because of his boundless curiosity, uncanny powers of observation and innovative thinking, he conceptualized machines that were considered advanced during his time.
A veritable polymath, the expertise and interest of this Italian Renaissance genius spanned a wide range of subject areas. Apart from painting, he was well-versed in the fields of music, architecture, engineering, math, anatomy, cartography, botany and geology. He was likewise an adroit writer, sculptor and inventor.
In short, he's the ultimate Jack-of-all-Trades. Man, he's got lots of free time. Must be the lack of internet.
Here are some that caught my fancy,
Webbed Glove (Guanti Pinnati)
|This webbed glove, inspired by swimming animals and made to resemble the feet or web-footed birds, is designed to help the swimmer float or swim for long distances. These gloves are very similar to modern swim fins used by divers.|
Pulley (Puleggia Grande)
Diving Suit (Scafandro)
Screw-Cutting Machine (Macchina Per Filettare Le Viti)
|As wooden screws began to be replaced by more reliable metal screws, Leonardo's design for a screw cutting machine became an invaluable tool. This machine can cut and carve screws of varying sizes with industrial precision.|
Paddleboat (Battello A Pale A Manovella)
Ideal City (Citta Ideale)
Children, teens and adults will definitely enjoy this extraordinary journey into the world of Leonardo Da Vinci. This limited engagement will happen from July 2013 up to January 2014 only. Venue is at The Exhibit Hall, 2nd Level South Side Entertainment Hall SM Mall of Asia.