While Leonardo DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper” are two of the most famous paintings in the world, DaVinci’s work in science and engineering were as impressive as his artistic work.
In fact, his drawings of inventions, like musical instruments, hydraulic pumps and reversible crank mechanisms, are displayed in art galleries worldwide. Those drawings were art pieces themselves.
Just as DaVinci’s work continues to be admired in museums more than 500 years after his death, engineers will garner respect as artists in a new exhibit about “making stuff that works’’ at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
The exhibit will feature graphics, photos and mechanical objects from local engineers and inventors, who have worked in agriculture, energy, mining, fishing, transportation aerospace and electronics.
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Inspired by a book of the same name, the exhibit, co-sponsored by the Central Coast History Foundation, will also feature a reception, featuring some of the inventors, on June 3, from 6 to 9 p.m.