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Leonardo Objects Group show

Ling, Manny, Gregg, Carl, Hutchinson, James and MacDonald, Alistair Leonardo Objects Group show. leonardo objects, 1 February - 6 May 2019, sunderland museum & wintergardens.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition


Leonado Butter Thor Machine

James Hutchinson
This project has allowed me to imagine what Leonardo might be working on now... starting with an anti-global warming machine I progressed to investigating his proposal for a tank. I created 3D works fusing his drawings with current machines from robot wars and then remodelled them with butter and photometry to make a 3d print of a no-tank tank or tank for a future without tanks.

3D Ultimaker Prints in Yellow PLA, on ceramic plates, animation and digital photos.
The Flower of life

Heather Chambers & Clare Robson

If Leonardo Da Vinci was alive today and using modern technology, maybe he would have used his studies of the flowers and the flower of life designs to become more visually alive in 3D design. From his sketches and geometric designs, we wanted to combine precious nature and sacred geometry. The figure of a woman instead of a man is a modern take on the Vitruvian man. The flower of Life is a display of synchronicity. The overlapping layers and lines represent connections of life between all human beings. Mother earth is the birth of all-natural forms, organic and sacred, including human beings themselves. This is a homage to the divine complexities of nature and the miracle of birth.

Modern Leonardo’s Workspace

3D Head Bust by Chris Patterson

Flying Machine by Ignotas Kuprys and Sarah Dunn

Horse Etching by Aimee Cameron-Hall and Kayleigh Helen Page

This display gives a glimpse of what Leonardo da Vinci’s desk may have looked like, if he had access to modern creative equipment such as those found in the Fablab. Famous illustrative works such as ‘Portrait of a woman in profile’, or his extensive studies of horses and inventive flying machines could instead be reproduced using 3D printing or Wood etching.

lungs for the earth

Amy Carman

Jonathan Connor

Niyla Claire Javaid

Sue Loughlin

Eleanor Osada

Victoria Redmond

Our group considered what Leonardo da Vinci would have created if he were alive today and had the resources available to us at FabLab, such as powerful computers, laser cutters, and digital design programs.

We decided that he would want to help people, tackling major global issues such as climate change.

Using inspiration from his anatomical and mechanical drawings, we suggest he would have created "lungs for the earth". This could take the form of air purification machines powered by renewable energy, operating within our atmosphere.

Our response, influenced by da Vinci's drawings of human organs, simulates a respiratory system breathing at different speeds.

Creation, Destruction, Flaw

Julie Devon

'Creation, Destruction, Flaw — I have had an idea to create a series of four identical pots, each with their own story and sense of being a landmark in my own life. They will be created using the theme for my MA project of Joy in the Broken, where I will take inspiration from the concepts of Wabi Sabi and Kintsugi. They will be the size of my cupped hand, to embed a sense of belonging and ownership of my own process.' I can imagine Leonardo Da Vinci would have had many highlights and failures and upsets in his life—how would he chart his life?

Are We Modern?

George Andrew Forsyth

This question reveals the naked truth that we are not as modern as we may think. Our designs in our world are certainly influenced by previous works whether they are flawed or perfect. This acrylic laser-etched and cut disk has a glaring light shining on this creative and destructive issue. The Virtuvian Man represents thoughts and innovations. The single crack represents design flaws. As designers we may strive for perfect objects however it is trial and error that really shapes our future. These real challenges are all in a day’s work for the legend that is Leonardo Da Vinci!


Allyson Jackson

Laser etching on wood.

Leonardo is well known for his interests in human anatomy. Taking our shared interest in the human body as a starting point, I created this panel using my own life drawings along with notes and doodles. Being a Fine Art student rather than a design student, I wanted to reflect the artistic side of Da Vinci's drawings. I chose to use the wood as he used wood panels for number of his paintings.

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Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2019 11:53
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 16:07


Author: Manny Ling
Author: Carl Gregg
Author: James Hutchinson
Author: Alistair MacDonald

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Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Art and Design


Fine Art > Digital Media
Fine Art > Sculpture
Fine Art

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