Vebjørn Sand Da Vinci Project
da Vinci Bridge
The da Vinci bridge in Ås
|Carries||pedestrian and bicycle traffic|
|Locale||Nygård, Ås, Akershus|
|Named for||Leonardo da Vinci|
|Owner||Norwegian Public Roads Administration|
|Design||Deck arch bridge|
|Material||Laminated wood; steel-reinforced|
|Total length||109 m (358 ft)|
|Longest span||40 m (130 ft)|
|Designer||Leonardo da Vinci|
|Engineering design by||Reinhert Structural Engineers|
|Construction cost||12 million Norwegian kroner|
The Vebjørn Sand da Vinci Project built a laminated-wood parabolic-arch pedestrian bridge in Norway over European route E18 in Ås, Norway, in 2001. It was a partnership between the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Norwegian painter and artist Vebjørn Sand, who headed the project. The resulting da Vinci Bridge is one of several installations that Sand is known for in Norway.
Leonardo da Vinci proposed a bridge 366 m (1,201 ft) long, overall and 24 m (79 ft) wide over the Golden Horn in 1502 for Sultan Bayezid II of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul). The sketch and letter proposal were lost for over 400 years before being rediscovered in 1952. The proposed bridge included a 240 m (790 ft) "pressed bow" main span with 43 m (141 ft) of vertical clearance to allow ships to pass. da Vinci bragged that "it has been [the Sultan's] intention to erect a bridge from Galata (Pera) to Stambul… across the Golden Horn (‘Haliç’), but this has not been done because there were no experts available. I, your subject, have determined how to build the bridge. It will be a masonry bridge as high as a building, and even tall ships will be able to sail under it." The sketch was confirmed to be a genuine work of da Vinci by comparison with an identical sketch in Manuscript L, part of the Paris Manuscripts stored in the Institut de France in Paris.
Had the 1502 design been implemented, it would have been the longest bridge in the world, and it would still be the longest single masonry arch span in the world. Da Vinci is said to have been inspired by the then newly-built bridge "Ponte degli Alidosi" over Santerno at Castel del Rio near Bologna with a 42 m. high semicircular arch .
In 2019, a research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tested the stability of da Vinci's design by building a 1:500 scale model using only blocks without using fasteners or mortar, replicating contemporary masonry construction techniques. The bridge was first analyzed using a 3D model, then divided into 126 individual blocks which were individually printed, consuming approximately 6 hours per block. Falsework was used to temporarily support the blocks during construction of the scale model. After the falsework was removed, the model proved to be stable under load, and the spread-footing design proposed by da Vinci was able to resist movement of the foundation.
Implemented in Ås
Norwegian artist Vebjørn Sand saw da Vinci's Haliç bridge sketch in 1996 and proposed the bridge should be implemented by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA). Since the NPRA had a policy to consider the artistic merits of public structures, a new structure was approved in 1997 to replace "Norway's ugliest bridge." Several alternative materials were considered for the bridge, including the as-designed stone and concrete, but ultimately the timber version was selected for construction. Moelven Laminated Group, who had constructed the world's largest wooden roof for Håkons Hall in Lillehammer for the 1994 Winter Olympics, was selected to supply glued laminated timber (glulam) for the new da Vinci Bridge.
The da Vinci Bridge, completed in 2001, serves as a pedestrian crossing over highway E18 in Ås, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Oslo. It was built from large prefabricated glulam sections moved in place by cranes, with three parabolic arches in the main span: a central arch supporting the pathway and two stabilizing arches flanking it. The main span is 40 m (130 ft) and the bridge is 109 m (358 ft) long, overall at a total cost of approximately 12 million Norwegian kroner. The completed da Vinci Bridge was built wide enough to allow four lanes of traffic underneath, but requirements for vertical clearance have increased and adding lanes of traffic would require lowering the road. The bridge was opened by Queen Sonja in a November 2001 ceremony using cranes to lift a white cloth draped over the bridge, literally unveiling it to the public.
Since its unveiling, the da Vinci Bridge has attracted attention in the New York Times. Wired called it one of the five coolest bridges on earth in 2005, along with the Rio–Antirrio bridge, the Seri Wawasan Bridge, the Dongting Lake Bridge and the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge.
Global Leonardo Bridge Project
The Oslo Leonardo Bridge Project opened in October 2001. 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. Future plans, announced in 2012, include a bridge over the Golden Horn in Istanbul, as Leonardo had proposed. Sand was quoted by the Wall Street Journal describing the Bridge Project as a "... logo for all the nations."
A small da Vinci pedestrian bridge was erected in 2016 at the Château du Clos Lucé, da Vinci's home for the last years of his life. Other permanent da Vinci bridges have been proposed for several locations, although these plans have not come to fruition:
- Des Moines, Iowa (1998), rejected as the design was said to be "too modern"
- Arlington, Virginia (2002) to replace the old Doubleday Bridge over Spout Run Parkway
- Roosevelt Island (2012)
Several temporary da Vinci bridges have been built in ice since the completion of the da Vinci Bridge in Norway:
- Queen Maud Land, Antarctica (2006), with the intention that it does not melt due to climate change
- UN Plaza in New York City (2007), approximately 30 feet (9.1 m) long
- Ilulissat on Disko Bay in Greenland (2009)
- Christiansborg Palace Square in Copenhagen (2009), a 52-foot (16 m) span for COP15
- Juuka, Finland (planned 2016), a project led by the Eindhoven University of Technology to build a scale model of the 1502 bridge proposal using pykrete
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1997 arbeidet etaten med et spesielt prosjekt som gikk ut på å bygge ei bru etter samme prinsipp som tegnet av Leonardo Da Vinci i 1502. Den var tenkt satt opp som gangbru ved Nygårdskrysset over E18 ved Ski. Det ble jobbet med to alternativer – det ene i stein og betong, det andre i tre. Prosjektet har fått stor oppmerksomhet og pressedekning.
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Dagens gangbru ble bygget i 2001-02 som et kunstprosjekt, brua avløste «Norges styggeste bru», og var en stor forbedring på åpningtidspunktet, til tross for at brua har sterk stigning. Ved planlegging av brua var det skissert en sentrisk utvidelse av E18 til firefelts veg med bredde 19 meter, og brua er tilpasset en slik utvidelse. I ettertid er kravene til fri høyde under trebruer økt, og normalprofilet for E18 har økt til 25,5 meter. Brua tilfredstiller heller ikke UU- kravene.En utvidelse av E18 under dagens bru er mulig, men krever en senkning av dagens veg.
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The Leonardo Bridge Project, Inc. is a non-profit corporation in the United States with a 501(c) 3 through the Allied Arts Foundation. Our mission is to build a global network of permanent landmark bridges, public arts projects based on Leonardo da Vinci's 1502 “Golden Horn” (Haliç) bridge design.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Da Vinci-Broen, Ås, Akershus, Norway.|
- Leonardo Bridge project home page
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- Leonardo's Bridge at Structurae
- Atalay, Bulent (17 January 2013). "LEONARDO'S BRIDGE: Part 1. 'The Master of all Trades'". NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY NEWSROOM [blog]. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
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- Bouwman, Jules; Dalenoord, Coen; de Boer, Stijn; Meijerman, Thomas; Resoort, Sanne; van Breemen, Stan; van den Boer, Jeannine (January–February 2016). "Da Vinci Bridge in Ice - best of selection". flickr (Structural Ice). Retrieved 28 November 2016.
- A modern bridge reminiscing Leonardo's design, though with steel pillar support, is the Streicker Bridge at Princeton University, NJ, USA.