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Leonardo da Vinci inventions on display in Bradenton

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The da Vinci Machines Exhibition is on loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy. The da Vinci Machines Exhibition is on loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy.
BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) -

Leonardo da Vinci is arguably one of the most influential inventors in history.

His sketches were ahead of their time, and he didn't live to see many of the machines that were created thanks to his work.

The da Vinci Machines exhibit in Bradenton has taken some of his ancient sketches and brought them to life.

Inside the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, wooden models are suspended in the air, or put on display.

As visitors take a look at the miniature wooden models, the designs appear archaic, and yet they are strangely familiar.

There is a prototype for a parachute at one end of the room.  Just below it is the air screw, the precursor of the modern-day helicopter.

Sitting on a stage is clearly a bicycle.

But the thing is, Leonardo da Vinci came up with many of these designs hundreds of years before they ever became reality.

Da Vinci Machines exhibition director Mark Rodgers said, "Everything that da Vinci said. Everything that da Vinci did applies to our life today."

“They say there are 2500…of da Vinci’s machines, inventions and theories and designs that we use every day in our modern day life," said Rodgers.

The exhibit is currently on display at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium.  It is on loan from Italy.

Da Vinci had thousands of inventions that he sketched during his lifetime, and artists painstakingly recreated around 60 of them, some practical, some imaginative, like a warship with a hook in the front.

"When it got next to the boat it would extend this scorpion like hook that would come and literally slice the sail of the boat so it would essentially be dead in the water," Rodgers said.

Da Vinci was ahead of his time.

Rodgers said, "They theorize now that da Vinci had enough information for the industrial revolution in the 1800's, in the 1400's! But we had to wait 400 years, 20 generations for technology to catch up to his original dreams and designs."

While he did invent the bicycle, technology was not available to create the link chain.

His design for a helicopter was impossible to build, because he didn't have a sustainable power source.

Da Vinci also came up with a design for a tank, a hang glider and even a mechanical lion that lifted up on two paws.  His work is essential to our lives today- nearly every component of the modern combustion engine is a reality today thanks to da Vinci’s work.

“Everything about the engine. Every design and every theory, except the spark plug, was designed by Leonardo da Vinci,” said Rodgers.

Curators hope this exhibit can inspire the world's next great innovator.

This is one of only three such exhibits in the world.

Da Vinci's creations will be on display at the Bradenton municipal auditorium from now until April.

In the future, officials plan to bring an exhibit that features many of da Vinci’s robots.

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