Unlike the original National Museum of Science and Technology in Italy, where the models are encased in glass or operated only by staff members, the Virtual Leonardo Project, an online version of the museum, encourages visitors to "touch" each exhibit, which thereby activates
the animated functions of the piece.
A. exhibit, which thereby activates
B. exhibit, in turn an activation of
C. exhibit, and it will activate
D. exhibit and thereby activate
E. exhibit which, as a result, activates
why is C wrong? The OE says There is no antecedent for it because touch is a verb
But in C, I think we can treat 'it' as the pronoun of the Virtual Leonardo Project. the Virtual Leonardo Project
, ........., encourages visitors to "touch" each exhibit, and it
It does make sense too and according to the principal of parallelism, 'it' would refer to its main subject(the Virtual Leonardo Project) unambiguously.
Can anyone help me explain why OE says that?