Leonardo da Vinci exhibit opens in Times Square

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Posted: Nov 20, 2009 1:43 AM

An interactive exhibit featuring life-size models of Leonardo da Vinci's 500-year-old inventions and machines is opening in New York City's Times Square.

Although best known for painting the masterpiece "Mona Lisa," da Vinci also designed a fantastical array of futuristic flying machines, robots, weapons and mechanical devices.

Highlights of the exhibit opening Friday include the "Great Kite" flying machine, a working prototype of his "Self-Propelled Cart, and physical models of his mechanical bat and lion.

Visitors also can use touch screens to turn the artist's sketches into three-dimensional models.

"Leonardo da Vinci's Workshop" runs through March at The Discovery Times Square Exposition.