Wan and Zhongyuan’s proposal and research on Leonardo da Vinci’s Wing Machine

Ah, to access wings!

Architectural Intentions from Vitruvius to the Renaissance

Wan Lu and Zhongyuan Dai


We are very fascinated by his skills of construct those historical “automata”, and the most important, how closely they related to those contemporary mechanics. We want to focus on his famous flying machines, which truly brought heaven to earth. By researching his reconstructed models, we decided to not only reproduce a single one by our own but “invent” one by combining some of Leonardo’s main techniques.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mechanical bird wings

The first one we want to explore is Leonardo’s bird wings. [1] He did a complete study for the flying machine: after studying many devices, Leonardo began more than one design for a flying machine. Based on the body structure of birds, he studied the relationship of the body, the bone, and the muscle of bird wings. Also he was very much focused on the movement of a bird, and construct them…

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