The Da Vinci Experience is an immersive event that showcases Leonardo Da Vinci’s art. In 2021 it takes place in Metro Vancouver at Tsawwassen Mills.
The exhibition opens in June. It’s expected to run until December in 2021 (although its exact end date is to be determined).
Da Vinci Experience in Vancouver
The Da Vinci Experience is a special art exposition. Its Canadian premiere is in Vancouver (or actually Tsawwassen to be exact). It’s a unique event that celebrates Leonardo Da Vinci and his art, inventions and other works.
The exhibition offers an immersive experience with multiple rooms. Guests are first introduced to Da Vinci’s biography and talents. Replicas of machines built by Da Vinci are featured in another room. There is also a separate room with a Last Supper experience where images of the famous oil painting are showcased on all the walls.
One of the highlights of the event is a 4,000 square-foot space that features large projections of Da Vinci’s work on the walls and floor. Towards the end of the event, COVID-regulations permitting, guests also get to use an Oculus headset to experience Da Vinci’s innovations in an immersive and modern manner.
The Italian genius conceptualized a number of inventions, including a flying machine. Some of his inventions were only on paper. At the Da Vinci Experience you can see real-life replications of some of his works. Using virtual reality technology, you can also have a look inside the artist’s studio.
How Does Da Vinci Compare with Van Gogh?
In some ways the Da Vinci Experience is similar to Imagine Van Gogh, the other major art exhibition happening in Vancouver (from March until August of 2021). Both are touring international shows featuring larger-than-life projections of the works of world-famous artists from the past.
Whereas Imagine Van Gogh is all about giant images and immersing its audience in the art, the Da Vinci Experience includes different kinds of exhibits and forms of media. Also, whereas Van Gogh was an artist (who both drew and painted), Da Vinci was also a scientist and inventor.
At The Da Vinci Experience, there is more than just art. The two events are very different. Both, however, are highly recommended.
Other differences between Van Gogh and Da Vinci include the styles of their art and the periods when they lived. Van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist painter who lived from 1853 until 1890, so over 350 years after the Italian master.
The French painter’s art is beautiful, but more artistic with its brush strokes and colours than life-like. Da Vinci, on the other hand, was very precise with his dimensions, shadows and other details. Of the two, Da Vinci’s paintings look more real-to-life.
When and Where
The Da Vinci Experience takes place from June to December in 2021. It happens at the Tsawwassen Mills Mall which is located at 5000 Canoe Pass Way in Delta. It’s about a 5-minute drive from the BC Ferries’ Tsawwassen Terminal which connects the Lower Mainland with Vancouver Island.
Tsawwassen Mills is a big place. The exhibition takes place by Entrance #3 which is at the southwest corner of the mall (at the far end if coming from the Vancouver direction).
The shopping mall is large and home to many outlet stores as well as several different places to eat. The Big Splash Water Slide Park is also nearby and can make for a fun day trip in the summer.
Early tickets for the Da Vinci Experience are available as of April 15th. The cost is about $20 per person. Prices will, however, likely increase as the opening date in June gets closer.
The exhibition takes up to one hour to explore. Time slots must be reserved in advance in order to limit the number of guests on site at any given time.
Da Vinci Experience Trailer Video
The following video is the official trailer for the Da Vinci Experience in Vancouver. In it you’ll see some of what you’ll find at the show if you go.
Who Was Da Vinci?
Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most famous artists the world has ever known. He’s the Italian guy who painted the Mona Lisa. More than just a painter, he was a sculptor, architect, engineer and inventor. He was a genius who lived 500 years ago but was ahead of his time.
Da Vinci lived from 1452 until 1519, which was during the Renaissance. Some of his works include the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, Annunciation, Vitruvian Man and Salvator Mundi. The last of these got over $450 million US at an auction in 2017, making it the most expensive painting ever purchased at an auction at that time.
Leonardo Da Vinci designed flying contraptions and other inventions years before such things could ever actually be built. His designs and art are what you’ll see at the Da Vinci Experience.
For tickets and more information about the event, visit the Da Vinci Experience website.
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