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2016 Leonardo's Bridge in Ice

Sponsored by Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

Leonardo's Bridge in Ice

An Attempt to Build the Longest Span Ice Bridge in the World

A Public Event Presentation by the leader architect of Structural Ice Project, Arno Pronk (University of Eindhoven), the Jyväskylä-based president of the International Association of Snow and Ice Sculpture, Juhani Lillberg, and Nina Heikkonen, a Finnish art historian, and a project coordinator in the built heritage department of Alvar Aalto Foundation.

University of Jyväskylä, Finland
A Public Event of Bridges Finland 2016, August 10, 8.30-10.00 PM

Ice is a well-known material, but as a building material it’s quite uncommon, even after the recently successfully realized ice-domes. After building world’s largest and the highest ice-domes, the Pykrete Dome (website and video)  in 2014 and the Sagrada Familia in Ice (video) in 2015, the goal of the 2016 Structural Ice Project was to investigate how far it is possible to go with ice as a building material. The design of the ice-bridge was based on a sketch by Leonardo Da Vinci, made in 1502. The bridge was a scale model of the original drawing and had a span of 50 meters, which would have been the world’s longest span in ice ever realized…

The following Ice Bridge Events took place in Juuka, Finland

  • 4Dframe Experience Workshops for children and other education programs by Kristóf Fenyvesi (University of Jyväskylä - Bridges Organization), Osmo Pekonen (JYU) and Jouko Koskinen (Aalto University). Details here.
  • Structural Ice Symposium on 12 February, 2016