The "Speaking Clock" is still exact after all these years.
July 28, 2011
He was such a genius that he was even credited for the invention of gelato.
Which he probably had nothing to do with.
True, a gelato was named after him, but his real claim to fame were his mad, completely wonderful fountain sculptures.
Utilized to keep wealthy patrons laughing as they witnessed hydraulically powered statues coming to life, and unexpectedly spritzing.
Mechanical swans, automated nymphs, the Greek god Pan, all doing things never before seen, with water.
The irrepressible Bernardo Buontalenti was the Renaissance man's Renaissance man.
Painter. Architect. Engineer. Mechanic. Chef. Mathematician. Inventor.
I'm willing to give him gelato.
Oh yes, a theatrical designer who came up with costumes for the Medici extravaganzas.
Unfortunately only vestiges are left but his inspiration is seen everywhere.
The famous naughty boy in Brussels that stands as a symbol of rebellion.
The La Joute Fountain in Montreal.
The "dancing" Bellagio Fountains.
Yes, even in Las Vegas.
(Can you imagine what he would have done there today?)
Whimsy; something in short supply.
Art that makes people smile is highly underrated.
Time for you to spout off.