Thursday, March 10, 2011
Doing da Vinci
When I heard we were going to be getting an exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci, I will admit I was probably like many people who think, “What does he have to do with science; he only painted the Mona Lisa?” But hey, I never said I was one of the science-savvy people at the Science Center of Iowa. However, as Da Vinci – The Genius started to roll into our building and filled up the 14,000 square feet, I realized – this guy did everything. He was an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. He’s the definition of a renaissance man.
The exhibition displays authentic replicas of his codices (old word for book or journal), inventions, works of art, and ideas. Many of these inventions are things that we use today. It boggles your mind someone thought of this 500 years ago!
It has truly amazed me the distance this exhibition has reached people outside of Iowa. We’ve had people from 27 different states come and visit Da Vinci. It’s sad to think we only have a few days left with Da Vinci here! Spring Break will be the last chance people will be able to check Da Vinci before it leaves the Midwest. If you haven’t visited yet – make sure you do it before March 20!
And stay tuned! SCI always has more exciting things coming down the pipeline!
Chelsea Webb, School and Group Sales Coordinator, Science Center of Iowa