Da Vinci competition winners announced

Date published: 3 February 2017

The winner of a family holiday to the home of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence has been drawn.

The competition, to coincide with the recent Da Vinci Machines exhibition at Pinnacles Gallery, saw more than 5000 entries from residents trying to crack the Da Vinci code.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle drew the winner late yesterday.

“I congratulate Kirwan resident Melissa Castorina and her family on this fantastic $20,000 prize,” Cr Doyle said.

“The Da Vinci Machines exhibition has attracted more than 12,000 visitors so far and is an amazing exhibition on loan all the way from Florence.

“The competition was a fun way to learn about the history and the genius of da Vinci, while exploring the city.

“We are so pleased that Glencore partnered with Council to run this competition and to provide this prize to a Townsville family – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I’m certain they’ll have an amazing time.”

Glencore was the major sponsor of the exhibition, building on the company’s long history of supporting both Pinnacles Gallery and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

Manager of Glencore’s Townsville Copper Refinery, Paul Taylor said securing the Da Vinci’s Machines exhibition was a win for arts and culture in the region.

“Da Vinci’s artworks and inventions are truly captivating and it was great to see so many in our community engage with the exhibition,” Mr Taylor said.

The Da Vinci Machines exhibition is on display at Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway, until February 12.