A 500-year-old design by Leonardo da Vinci became the foundation to a 52-foot bridge made of live ice. Norwegian artist Vebjorn Sand carved the ice bridge that is being exhibited right in front of the Danish Parliament on the Christiansborg Slotsplads. Headed under the Leonardo Bridge Project, this beautiful creation is a result of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Copenhagen collaborative efforts.
The bridge is expected to stand throughout the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) taking place at Bella Center in Copenhagen from the 7th to the 18th of December, 2009. The overpass incorporates pressed bow and parabolic arches to give it unique structural integrity, while the footholds use natural terrain and appropriate landscaping. It is a true depiction of various difficulties associated with glacier melting, loss of ice sheets and the disintegrating Antarctica ice bridge.
Leonardo Bridge Project is on its way to create this elegant yet tough overpass in permanent materials on each continent around the world. The main motive behind building this global network of bridges is to bring people in touch with a shared awe of nature and each other. Sand has amalgamated art and science to construct real as well as concepts of these beautiful architectural structures.