Leonardo da Vinci: Machines In Motion Exhibit
The new Elliott Museum celebrates its opening with a world-renown exhibit, Leonardo daVinci: Machines in Motion – a dramatic hands-on display of forty, full-size machine replicas made directly from Leonardo’s innovative designs and drawings. The exhibit will be the debut of the museum’s new, 3,000-square-foot
Changing Exhibition Gallery which allows the new Elliott Museum, for the first time, to bring significant, nationally-touring exhibitions to the region. In fact, the opening at the new Elliott Museum represents the first time the exhibit appears anywhere in Florida. The exhibit will run from the opening of the new Elliott Museum, March 3, 2013 through September.
Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion uniquely presents 40 operational, actual-size working machines, as opposed to miniatures or static displays. An interactive exhibit encouraging hands-on exploration, the machines were designed by a team of scientists and artisans who used the craftsmanship and construction techniques originally found in Leonardo’s prolific drawings and designs. Highlights include a revolving crane, a full-size armored tank (large enough for several visitors to explore inside), a working robot, a hydraulic water saw and four flying machines. The exhibit was created by Worldwide Museum Activities (WMA) in collaboration with the Leonardo daVinci Museum in Florence, Italy and was organized by Evergreen Exhibitions in San Antonio, TX. In conjunction with the exhibit, the new 50-seat
Pittman Keith Heritage Theater will present Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By, produced by The History Channel for the Machines in Motion exhibit.
In bringing Leonardo daVinci: Machines in Motion to the new Elliott Museum and in making this important exhibit its first showcase highlights the museum’s Board of Director’s commitment to both the ideals upon which the Elliott was first founded in 1961, and the vision of what the new Elliott Museum aims to bring to this region. “The new Elliott Museum will be a key destination that honors its past and embraces its future, boldly. There is no better way to highlight this ideal than by displaying one of history’s most prolific artists and inventors,” said Debra Duvall, Board Chairperson for the new Elliott Museum. “In its new incarnation, the Elliott Museum will continue to serve as Martin County’s main historical, educational and cultural resource but it is the impact this museum will have that truly sets it apart. Geared toward the 21st century learner, the interactive displays, the visiting exhibits, the expanded studio and classroom space, all will embrace a bold vision for attracting visitors to our region and celebrating the legacy of Sterling Elliott,” added Elliott Museum President and CEO, Jennifer Esler.
The machines are grouped into four sections; each based on daVinci’s study of the elements of nature and applied knowledge: earth, water, air and fire. The exhibition is of particular interest to students and young audiences, because it provides an engaging combination of education and entertainment in an experience that explores history, science, mechanics and physics, invention and innovation. The exhibit has appeared in Athens, Istanbul, and Mexico City to broad audiences, positive critical reviews and substantial media coverage.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for Leonardo daVinci: Machines in Motion.
Please call Diane Kimes, tel: 772-225-1961 for more information.
Evergreen Exhibitions, founded in 1992, is one of the world's premier providers of traveling museum exhibits. Evergreen conceptualizes, designs, produces, markets and tours its exhibits, primarily in science, natural history and children's museums. The exhibits use educational concepts to create high quality, immersive, multi-sensory, entertaining and educational experiences for family audiences. More than 60 million people worldwide have enjoyed an Evergreen Exhibitions experience. More information on other exhibit offerings can be found at
Worldwide Museum Activities (WMA) was founded in Florence by three leading scientists, joined together to pursue the dream to rebuild as perfect as possible replicas of the machinery described in Leonardo daVinci's drawings and create a museum of Leonardo’s Machines. This project is a result of in depth research and study of Leonardo’s codes, his personality and his way of thinking.