Imagine the Exhibits and Spaces this Guy Could Have Designed

Willwork, Inc. Exhibit & Event Services is a national leader in exhibit installation and dismantle labor, event contracting, permanent installations, and audio visual production.

Model of Leonardo da Vinci's Aerial Screw, on display in the exhibit, "Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius," held at the Science Museum in London, from Oct. 9, 2015 to April 9, 2016 (image credit: Alessandro Nassiri/Archivio Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia)

Model of Leonardo da Vinci’s Aerial Screw, on display in the exhibit, “Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius,” held at the Science Museum in London, from Oct. 9, 2015 to April 9, 2016 (image credit: Alessandro Nassiri/Archivio Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia)

Companies, and other organizations, that range in size from major multinationals to small enterprises, rely on our professionalism, highly skilled labor teams, work ethic, personalized service, and ability to innovate and resourcefulness to do things right, on time, and on budget.

We work from coast to coast – in major cities, small cities, towns, villages, and hamlets.

We install and dismantle properties and exhibits that range in size and complexity from simple 10’ x 10’ pop ups to those that are 16,000 square feet and highly detailed and complex.

We handle the general contracting, and full roster of services, for meetings and events, whether they take up one room, or multiple venues over a few city blocks.

Of course, a considerable aspect of our job, our livelihood, entails working with, and serving, the needs of, leading designers and architects. They entrust their “babies,” their creations, to us.


Leonardo da Vinci drawing for bridge planned to be built in present day Instanbul

(On the subject of leading designers and architects, if you click here you will be taken to a post published in this space on June 12, 2014, that discusses a special place, not far from the Willwork headquarters, where there is an extraordinary collection and expression of artistic and design genius. And, if you click here you will be taken to post that appeared on this blog on October 31, 2014, in which is described an installation and dismantle Willwork did – and for which we received strong accolades – in Boston, of a portable energy-efficient component building designed by the acclaimed and award winning firm Project Frog.)

Today, fittingly, and most appropriately, we commemorate the birthday of one of the most brilliant and accomplished and versatile minds in history – one whose brilliance and creativity found expression through … among many other areas and pursuits … design and architecture.

We are talking da Vinci – yes, Leonard da Vinci. Born on this day in 1452.

As described at History, “Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a painter, architect, inventor, and student of all things scientific. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term ‘Renaissance man.’”

Please click here to be taken to the full History profile of Leonardo da Vinci.

Many disciplines, for sure, da Vinci’s genius crossed.


Leonardo da Vinci designed bridge in Ås, Norway (image credit: Åsmund Ødegård – Flickr)

His genius crossed, as noted in the Wikipedia entry dedicated to da Vinci, “invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.”

You, know, we wonder – and this is addressed in the title of this blog – what da Vinci may have done in the way of designing exhibits.

Okay, hold that thought. We have done a bit of research, and identified a couple of da Vinci architectural designs that we envision would make for smart and elegant and eye-catching and functional inclusion in an exhibit or temporary/portable structure.

We have attached here physical renderings and interpretations … done in modern time … of the designs that Leonardo da Vinci sketched and drew.

One of those designs is the Aerial Screw – which is da Vinci’s conception of a helicopter type machine; it was his anticipation of the helicopter more than 400 years prior to the first helicopter lifting off.

Perhaps, in an exhibit, the Aerial Screw being adapted and integrated into a sort of circular staircase or rising-descending pathway.

Then there is the 240 meter long bridge that Leonardo da Vinci designed in 1502 that was planned to be built in what is present day Istanbul.

That didn’t happen, but the design was the inspiration and guide for the Leonardo da Vinci Bridge Project, headed up by Norwegian painter and artist Vebjørn Sand, in which … some 500 years after da Vinci developed and drew up plans for the bridge … took those plans and used them as the guide and inspiration for the construction and installation of a pedestrian bridge, smaller than what da Vinci had imagined and planned, in Ås, Norway.

Look at the da Vinci bridge in Norway, and imagine it in a smaller version connecting and linking areas of a large exhibit, or temporary structure in, for example, an intermodal facility, or maybe a museum.

Again, much of what Willwork does involves working and teaming with accomplished designers and architects. We are fortunate, for this part of our job – like so much of what we do – is exciting, challenging, and fulfilling.

It keep us young, and enthusiastic –which is literally vital to success and achievement, as we ever keep in mind the words of Henry David Thoreau: “None of us are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”

Please check back here, in this space, as, from time to time, we will herald and highlight more of the great creative minds and artisans from history.