DaVinci's Dream

January 6, 2017

Location:  Whitmore Park, Southwest Boulevard and S Early Street, Kansas City, KS

 

Owner:  Rainbow Mennonite Church

 

Artist:  Arlie Regier

 

Dates:  June 1, 1987


Medium:  Steel, diesel engine parts, antique wagon wheels

 

Description:

The artist imagined what Leonardo DaVinci would create if had he had access to the internal combustion engine and described this work as "a fantasy machine from the past, a huge tractor-like machine to challenge and stimulate the imaginations of children of all ages."

 

This sculpture weighs one ton and combines primitive ox-cart and wagon technology with the brute horsepower of today's technology.  The engine parts are arranged to represent a 12-cylinder engine of approximately 1700 cubic inches.  It has double overhead cam shafts and a total of 48 valves.  A wide steel chain drives the two camshafts, and another chain transfers power form the crankshaft to a truck ring gear and pinion located in a large rear-mounted steel drum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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