Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Leonardo da Vinci Bridge Project

In 1502 Leonardo da Vinci did a simple drawing of a graceful bridge with a single span of 720-foot span. The bridge was to span the Golden Horn, an inlet at the mouth of the Bosphorus River in what is now Turkey. The Bridge was never built.
Norwegian painter and public art creator, Vebjørn Sand, saw the drawing and a model of the bridge in an exhibition on da Vinci's architectural & engineering designs in 1996. The power of the simple design overwhelmed him. He conceived of a project to bring its eternal beauty to life. The Norwegian Leonardo Bridge Project made history as the first of Leonardo's civil engineering designs to be constructed for public use.


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