Flying high at Sanford -
Linda Burkhart, director of the Sanford Museum, prepares the hanging model of the flying machine, one of the 16 models created based on Leonardo da Vinci's designs that will be on display between Aug. 20 and Oct. 14 at the museum. A grant from the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation made the exhibit at the Sanford Museum possible. Photo by Ken Ross
Most noted for priceless works of art, Leonardo da Vinci also conceived inventions far more advanced than anything that was attempted until centuries after his death in 1519.
The IBM Corporation created 16 models of mechanical devices from da Vinci's drawings and this exhibit will be hosted by the Sanford Museum in Cherokee from Aug. 20 to Oct. 14.
Through models such as the hydraulic screw that prefigures the water turbine and the variable speed drive, which is much like the transmission of the modern automobile, the exhibit demonstrates how da Vinci's drawing contained the guiding principals of many devices that revolutionized society and industry much later in history.
This drawing by daVinci is of an early helicopter
This is the first time "The Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci" exhibit has been in Iowa. A grant from the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation made the exhibit at the Sanford Museum possible.