In a hangar filled with massive planes, it’s hard to keep anything under wraps. Those who peeked behind the curtain Saturday at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum caught a glimpse of a new exhibit and the museum curator hard at work with a backpack vacuum.
“And now you know why I have the job,” Matthew Burchette said with a smile, as he moved the vacuum back and forth. “I don’t think this thing has ever been vacuumed in like 80 years.”
Burchette had the humble job of cleaning the floor of the museum as Mark Rodgers put the finishing touches on the “Da Vinci Machines Exhibition.” Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is a fitting home for the exhibition which opened at 5 p.m. Saturday.
“You can literally see the direct application of da Vinci’s designs,” Rodgers said.
The interactive exhibit features more than 65 of Leonardo da Vinci’s machines. Some of the models look
familiar, like an early version of a parachute and an underwater breathing apparatus that resembles modern scuba gear.
“There are 2,500 of da Vinci’s designs, inventions and theories that we use every day in our modern-day life,” Rodgers said.
The da Vinci designs featured in the museum are incredibly creative, but some are downright terrifying.
“This is called the scorpion boat,” Rodgers said, showing off a model boat with a large scythe.
“You would paddle up to your adversary and you would rotate this scythe and then like, WA - PACK!” Mathew Burchette explained, motioning with his arm. “And just literally cut the boat in two. That’s pretty cool.”
The traveling da Vinci exhibit also showcases officially licensed copies of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Professional photography lights are set up so people can take pictures of the artwork.
The “Da Vinci Machines Exhibition” will run through Sept. 30.