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Chute

Giovanni Battista created a chute to descent the Tower. Due to a hot air stream his chute became a balloon and took him upwards 1). The chute looks like the one Leonardo da Vinci mentioned in his Codex Atlanticus, folio 1058. In his notes, Leonardo remarks that, with a linen curtain shaped into a pyramid having a base 12 yards (about 7 metres) across and equally deep, if it is stiffly held open, “ognuno si potrà gettare da qualsiasi altezza senza alcun rischio” (anyone can jump from no matter what height without any risk whatsoever) 2).

the chute in La Tour
the chute by Leonardo

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