Da Vinci on Ice
Leonardo Da Vinci bridge in ice. Photo by the Leonardo Bridge Project.
Most of us are familiar with Leonardo Da Vinci’s prolific and diverse contributions to the fields of art and science. From the Mona Lisa to sketches for uncanny flying machines, the creative brilliance of Da Vinci’s works have continued to captivate subsequent generations, including our own. As late as 1952, Da Vinci’s unusual design for a double arcuated bridge was discovered, and subsequent adoration for the design led to the bridge’s actual construction near Oslo in 2001. Now, the Leonardo Bridge Project has enabled the hybrid bow and parabolic arch structure to be constructed in ice in front of the Danish Parliament. The bridge design is so popular that plans for its construction are in place in six other cities. Unfortunately, Des Moines, Iowa curtailed plans to build the bridge after deeming the half-millennium-old design to be too modern.