Captivating machines, Leonardo da Vinci at WA Maritime Museum

Artisan’s recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Air screw.        Picture: WA Museum
Artisan’s recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Air screw.        Picture: WA Museum

THE weird and wonderful world of Leonardo da Vinci has arrived in Fremantle as part of a new exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum.

Da Vinci Machines kicked off over the weekend and features 60 of the artist’s inventions, including flying, nautical and war machines, and 15 replicas of his famous artworks.

Concept drawings are placed alongside models of the machines, such as an underwater breathing apparatus and a helicopter made of reeds, linen and iron thread.

WA Museum chief executive Alec Cole said the exhibition was a captivating experience. “It explores the breadth of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable talent in a hands-on, interactive way,” he said.

“There are large wooden working models derived from da Vinci’s designs which people can pull, twist, turn and touch.

“It is incredible how the working models bring da Vinci’s drawings and ideas from the 15th Century to life.”

Da Vinci Machines is at the museum until February 28.