Inspired by the living: Leonardo da Vinci’s biomimicry to the present day

Du 01/07/2019 au 31/08/2019
1 Avenue Saint-Exupéry, 41200 Romorantin-Lanthenay, France


"Go take your lessons in nature, that's where our future is." Leonardo da Vinci

A keen observer of nature, with his flying machines imitating birds, bats or insects, his diving fins inspired by the membranes of flying fish, Leonardo da Vinci can be considered a pioneer in a modern discipline called “biomimicry”. This discipline consists in finding innovative solutions in nature for contemporary technological problems. This exhibition will be based on giant models of machines designed by Leonardo da Vinci (ornithopter, flying wing, 4-winged saucer, mechanical lion, etc.) in order to reveal the unsuspected wealth of Tuscan research on the subject. The master studied both material problems and animal anatomy, the senses and behaviour of birds and their locomotion techniques. These half a millennium old studies, combined with the research of today’s leading European laboratories, appear to be extraordinarily modern. Today’s researchers are studying high-performance biological materials (shark skin, honeycomb structures of beehives, scratch plants…), the exotic senses of flies or birds that fly in swarms as well as fish that swim in synchronized banns forming strange mathematical structures… The exhibition will also discover robots imitating reptiles, birds and fish and intelligent drones. It will also open the door to dreamers of today such as Theo Jansen (inventor of a wind energy bestiary), François Schuiten (author of the comic series of the Obscure Cities) and François Delarozière (Compagnie la Machine, giant elephant of Nantes and minotaur of Toulouse) whose artistic creations are inspired by biomimetism.Exhibition at the Fabrique Normant from July 1 to August 31, 2019From Monday to Thursday: 10am – 6pmFriday: 10am – 9pmSaturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10am – 6pm Fabrique Normant2, avenue François Mitterrand – 41200 Romorantin-LanthenayAccess to parking via rue Nelson Mandela.Renseignements:



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