Vebjørn Sand Da Vinci Project
The Leonardo Bridge Project headed by Norwegian painter and artist Vebjørn Sand is one of several installations that Sand is known for in Norway.
It’s a smaller-scale version of a 240 m span that Leonardo da Vinci proposed in 1502 as part of a civil engineering project for Sultan Bayezid II of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul). The bridge serves as a pedestrian crossing over European route E18 in Ås, Norway. It was produced by The Leonardo Bridge Project as one of their non-profit public art projects.
The project hopes to apply the design to build practical footbridges around the world using local materials and local artisans as a global public art project. Plans include a bridge over the Golden Horn in Istanbul, as Leonardo had proposed. The Wall Street Journal referred to the project as a "...logo for the nations." (WSJ, Nov. 5-6, 2005)
Another modern bridge resembling Leonardo's design is the Streicker Bridge at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA.
- The Leonardo Bridge Project, Inc. is a non-profit public art project with 501c3 status through the Allied Arts Foundation: http://www.brickfishcreative.com
Media related to Da Vinci-Broen, Ås, Akershus, Norway at Wikimedia Commons
- Leonardo Bridge project home page
- Da Vinci bridge on bridge-info.org
- Leonardo's Bridge at Structurae
- Streicker Bridge project information and photos
- Streicker Bridge at Princeton
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