Vebjørn Sand Da Vinci Project

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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.wikipedia
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Vebjørn Sand

Troll Castle
It was a partnership between the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Norwegian painter and artist Vebjørn Sand, who headed the project.
He is known for his paintings as well as his public arts projects, such as the Da Vinci Project, and the Kepler Star monument (Norwegian Peace Star) at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen.

Ås, Akershus

ÅsAasÅs, Norway
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 created by Norwegian painter and artist Vebjørn Sand as part of his Da Vinci project.

Science and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci

conceptda Vinci BridgeDa Vinci Helicopter
The resulting da Vinci Bridge is one of several installations that Sand is known for in Norway.
Leonardo's vision was resurrected in 2001 when a smaller bridge based on his design was constructed in Norway.

Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci proposed a bridge 366 m long, overall and 24 m wide over the Golden Horn in 1502 for Sultan Bayezid II of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul).
Leonardo's vision was resurrected in 2001 when a smaller bridge based on his design, but built of wood, was opened in Norway.

Golden Horn

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Leonardo da Vinci proposed a bridge 366 m long, overall and 24 m wide over the Golden Horn in 1502 for Sultan Bayezid II of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul).
While the original design was never executed, the vision of Leonardo's Golden Horn Bridge was resurrected in 2001, when a small footbridge based on Leonardo's design was constructed near Ås in Norway by Vebjørn Sand.

Castel del Rio

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.

Glued laminated timber

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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 in Norway, completed in 2001, is almost completely constructed with glulam.

Leonardo's horse

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* Leonardo's horse

European route E18

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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.

Norway

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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.

Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Statens vegvesenNorwegian Directorate of Public RoadsPublic Roads Administration
It was a partnership between the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Norwegian painter and artist Vebjørn Sand, who headed the project.

Sultan

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Leonardo da Vinci proposed a bridge 366 m long, overall and 24 m wide over the Golden Horn in 1502 for Sultan Bayezid II of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul).

Bayezid II

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Leonardo da Vinci proposed a bridge 366 m long, overall and 24 m wide over the Golden Horn in 1502 for Sultan Bayezid II of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul).

Istanbul

İstanbulConstantinopleIstanbul, Turkey
Leonardo da Vinci proposed a bridge 366 m long, overall and 24 m wide over the Golden Horn in 1502 for Sultan Bayezid II of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul).

Galata

PeraSycaeGalatia, Turkey
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."

Beyoğlu

PeraBeyogluBeyoğlu (Istanbul)
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."

Constantinople

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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."

List of works by Leonardo da Vinci

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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.

Institut de France

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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.

Paris

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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.

List of longest masonry arch bridge spans

longest single masonry arch span in the worldone of the longest main spans
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.

Alidosi family

Alidosi
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.

Santerno

Santerno River
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.

Bologna

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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.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MITM.I.T.Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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.