'Farmer da Vinci' to debut at Expo

By Fan Junmei
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 Submarine made by Li Yuming

 Submarine made by Li Yuming

Farmer da Vinci, an exhibition of ingenious devices invented by Chinese farmers, including aircraft carriers and flying saucers, will open in Shanghai on May 4, according to Cai Guoqiang, one of China's best known artists.

This exhibition will be held in the Shanghai Bund Gallery. Light aircraft, helicopters, submarines, flying saucers, and even an aircraft carrier designed by Chinese farmers will be on show to the public.

"The official Expo is mainly about the city, but I want this exhibition to draw attention to the contribution of farmers to modern urban life," said 53-year-old Cai, who designed the visual effects of the Beijing Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

 Airplane made by Cao Zhengsu

Airplane made by Cao Zhengsu 

After traveling 9,000 kilometers through eight provinces, Cai selected 60 exhibits invented by nine Chinese farmers. " We arranged for the show to coincide with the Shanghai Expo because many overseas visitors will be able to visit the gallery. It is a great opportunity to show them the ingenuity of Chinese farmers," said Cai.

The nine " farmer da Vincis" are: submarine maker Li Yuming from Hubei Province; airplane maker Xiong Tianhua from Guangdong Province; helicopter maker Wu Shuzai from Jiangxi Province; gyroplane maker Xu Bin from Zhejiang Province, airplane makers Cao Zhengshu and Wang Qiang from Sichuan Province, aircraft carrier maker Tao Xiangli, flying saucer maker Du Wenda from Anhui Province, and robot maker Wu Yulu from Beijing.

The exhibition is scheduled to last three months.

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