Leonardo hits Las Vegas and sets the Springs Preserve in motion

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Sorry Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans, this is not the Leonardo you’re looking for.

Sure there may be a turtle or two at the Springs Preserve, but the Las Vegas attraction’s new Leonardo exhibit highlights the works of a genius Italian Renaissance inventor rather than a fictional anthropomorphic reptile.

"Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion"

“Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion,” provides a sneak peek into the mind of one of the greatest artists, thinkers, inventors, engineers and anatomists of all time. The exhibit features 40 life-size replicas of machines designed by da Vinci — and allows you to put your hands all over them.

Touch, interact with and set in motion models of da Vinci’s visionary machines including a hang glider, tank, robot, printing press, oil press, parachute, machine gun, bicycle-powered flying machine, revolving crane and odometer. Each is grouped by Earth, Water, Air and Fire — depending on the element from which it draws its power — and accompanied by da Vinci’s drawing of the design.

On loan from Evergreen Exhibitions, the exhibit was created by scientists and artisans in collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence, Italy. Each replica is constructed using the same materials available in da Vinci’s lifetime.

Cowabunga, dude!

“Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion,”  is on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 through May 4 in the Origen Museum and is included with paid general admission to the Springs Preserve.

Aleza Freeman

Yes, I’m from Las Vegas. But I’d like to clarify a few things: I don’t live in a hotel and I’m not a showgirl. I put my pasties on one nipple at a time, just like everyone else. I’m a regular girl who plunges off the side of ridiculously tall Las Vegas landmarks and writes about it for a living. I also ride roller coasters, hang at the spa, shoot holes in zombies and take art lessons from bottlenose dolphins. You know, normal stuff. My career as a journalist and copywriter has led me out of Vegas and around the world, but the 24/7 normality of Las Vegas sucks me back in every time. Am I oblivious to the plethora of slot machines everywhere I go? Sure. But that’s because I’m distracted by all the pretty lights. Follow me on Google+ and Twitter.

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