Q: Is the Sforza horse that will be on display at the High Museum as part of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit the Nina Akamu casting that is on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the Ippodromo (horse racing stadium) in Milan, Italy?
—Theresa Zeman, Canton
A: The concept for the 26-foot statue depicting Francesco Sforza, duke of Milan, on horseback, at the High is by Andrea Bernardoni. The High’s version, which is part of the “Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention” exhibit opening Tuesday, was produced in resin in seven pieces by Opera Laboratori Fiorentini SpA in collaboration with the Museo e Istituto della Storia di Scienza in Florence, Italy. Akamu’s recreations of various heights were made in bronze. From 1482 to at least 1499, da Vinci developed plans and techniques to build the sculpture. He created a huge clay model, intending a bronze cast for display in Milan. But war with France was imminent and bronze for the horse was requisitioned for cannons. Invading soldiers destroyed the clay horse.
Q: Does the seat belt law apply to antique and classic cars that were built before cars were equipped with seat belts? What are the seat belt requirements with reference to classic cars?
—Fae Kelley, Carrollton
A: The seat belt requirement does not apply to a vehicle from a model year prior to 1965, according to state law, so there is no requirement to wear a seat belt in any vehicle dating to 1964 or earlier. But children cannot be transported in any vehicle unless they are restrained properly.
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