The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Mexico fans react after Mexico F Julián Quiñones 73rd-minute goal during the MexTour match between Mexico and Brazil at Kyle Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
‘The stuff of dreams’
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 11, 2024

As soon as the Mexico-Brazil soccer match at Kyle Field was announced, Jacob Svetz and Caitlin Falke saw an opportunity.  The match was scheduled...

The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M pitcher Chris Cortez (10) reacts during Texas A&M’s game against Oregon at the NCAA Bryan-College Station Super Regional at Olsen Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
One step away
June 8, 2024

Bringing da Vinci’s inventions to life

Photo by Photo by Kevin Chou

George H.W. Bush Presidential Library will be displaying thee Leonardo de Vinci: Machines in Motion through Jan. 6, 2019.

Thanks to the work of dedicated scientists and craftsmen, visitors to the George Bush Presidential Library can step into the past to see Leonardo da Vinci’s vision of the future.
Machines in Motion, an interactive exhibit originally located in Florence, Italy, has migrated to Aggieland and will be on display until Jan. 6, 2019. The exhibit opened earlier this month and features several of da Vinci’s designs ranging from an automated robot to a machine gun. All designs are arranged by the categories of water, earth, fire and air.
The exhibit displays machines originally designed by da Vinci, according to David Anaya, director of marketing and communications for the Bush Library.
“The exhibit consists of 37 different machines that were created from the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci,” Anaya said. “They were put together by craftsmen using the same materials and tools that would have been available during his time.”
Anaya said while he recognizes the importance of all the different inventions displayed, there is one that stands out as a favorite.
“Being prior military, I like the tank,” Anaya said. “It’s the biggest thing in there. It’s very interesting to see. Does it look like a tank of today? No, but when you’re looking at it you can kind of see how there was a concept of it — and a pretty good working concept if you ask me.”
Curator Susie Cox said the Bush Library was a logical home for the exhibit due to Texas A&M’s sizeable student population and emphasis on engineering.
“This exhibit seemed to be a perfect fit for our community, since we are located on the campus of Texas A&M, a leading engineering school,” Cox said.
Anaya said the interactive experience is one of the aspects that will help da Vinci’s creations resonate with people’s interests and understanding of his vast designs.
“A lot of the things in the exhibit are things that are recognizable in our society today,” Anaya said. “To be able to see how they transitioned in their infancy untill now, I think it is something a lot of people can learn a lot from. To get their hands on these things, and to be able to move some of these exhibits, I think it’ll help some people discover a lot.”
Sarah Akhtar, finance sophomore, said she was astonished by da Vinci’s influence in the world today.
“I think the bike and printing press were my favorite things on display,” Akhtar said. “They reminded me of how much we can take things in our day to day lives for granted. It’s spectacular to think about how much this one man impacted generations after his own time.”

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *