Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Da Vinci Experience

Jack was supposed to have a practice flag football game, but the other team failed to show up. The coaches ran a practice instead. With Sharon off hiking Echo Lake and Ralston Peak with Janie and Jeana, Jack and I went to The Da Vinci Experience.

The Da Vinci Experience is an exhibit of more than 60 replicas of the transportation, military, and mechanical devices developed by Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century. The Artisans of Florence took Da Vinci's notebooks and built working replicas of his ideas. The models include hang gliders, a bicycle, a double-hull boat, an air-screw (precursor to the helicopter), a fly wheel, an early tank, a robot, a chamber of mirrors, and a movable bridge among others. There is also a small gallery housing re-creations of his paintings, including Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Jack complained on the way about going, but once we got there he was very engaged. A nunber of the exhibits are interactive; Jack really enjoyed those. When we wandered through the small gallery, Jack noted loudly "I seen the real Mona Lisa."

Afterwards, we explored the rest of the California Aerospace Museum. There are a few exhibits inside and about two dozen aircraft out back. There was a large helicopter and a plane that you could climb into and explore.

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