Da Vinci Exhibit of Machines
Time: Exhibition Hall hours
Location: Exhibition Hall, eni stand
Fee: Included with conference registration
Leonardo da Vinci designed many different machines. Some of the most famous were simply “concepts” (e.g. wings, gliders, parachutes, many military devices) but many others were true innovative applications of state-of-the-art renaissance technology and thinking applied to the manufacturing, entertainment, civil engineering, agriculture and mining industries.
An unusual partnership between a passionate artisan in Florence (Gabriele Niccolai) and a world-famous scholar (Carlo Pedretti) has produced a unique collection of accurate, large-scale working and static models of many of Leonardo da Vinci’s most innovative machines. The models have been built using only the limited materials and techniques that were available in the 16th century. The whole collection is exhibited in a small private museum in Florence and a
selection will be displayed in the Exhibition Hall at the AAPG 2011 International Conference & Exhibition in Milan, supported by eni in association with the AAPG, to illustrate the fundamental and lasting contribution of Leonardo’s genius to the development of modern geological concepts and to state-of-the-art oil & gas industry technologies.
Unlike most museum-quality models, Niccolai’s machines can be freely accessed, handled and, in some cases, operated by the conference delegates. They are accompanied by concise, scientifically rigorous and informative supporting text and displays. This exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions, of particular relevance to geologists and engineers, will form a unique attraction supporting the AAPG 2011 ICE theme Following Da Vinci’s Footsteps to Future Energy Resources: Innovations from Outcrops to Assets.
Don’t miss it!