Sunday, July 10, 2016
"Palazzo Vecchio", Firenze, Italy
"Palazzo Vecchio", Firenze, Italy. 30x40 cm, acrylic on canvas board, $600
While Julie and Zenia took a cooking class, Malakye and I went to work at this famous square. I painted while he used a pocket knife to whittle sticks. We worked as thousands of people passed thru. Many of them thought it would be a good idea to get up on the marble podium that holds a massive gold turtle. When we got there we also thought it was meant to be sat on as "everyone else was doing it ", and its height was just under 4 feet. There where even kids on top of the turtle at some point. To his dismay I wouldn't let Malakye climb up it. I said the cops will come and sure enough they came and whistled everyone off. Then they'd leave and the new ignorant set of tourists would climb up and the whole play would repeat itself. Finally an 80 yr hardcore stubborn bastard of a cop came and sat in a chair, yelling and whistling at anyone looked at the piece sideways. It was hilarious.