Da Vinci Sketch Brought To Life As A Playable Instrument [Video]
A Polish concert pianist has turned one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 15th century sketches into a physical object called the 'Viola organista'.
Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has turned one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 15th century sketches into a musical instrument. The ‘Viola organista’ combines the fingerwork of a piano and the sustained sound of a stringed instrument.
Sixty one steel strings are connected to a keyboard, with spinning wheels wrapped in horse tail hair that turn to emit a rich sound similar to a cello, an organ and an accordion. The instrument took Zubrzycki three years and nearly $10,000 to build.