ATTENTION: THIS IS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE. TO MY KNOWLEDGE LEONARDO DA VINCI NEVER CARVED A PINK FLAMINGO. DON FEATHERSTONE IS NOT THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE GOWK OBSERVATORY(I DON’T EVEN THINK THERE IS ONE), HE IS THE DESIGNER OF THE PINK FLAMINGO AND WORKED FOR A COMPANY IN LEOMINSTER MASSACHUSETTS.
There are references to the true story of the Pink Flamingo and April Fools Day all through this article, all drawn from Wikipedia. I didn’t mean to insult anyone(especially Mr. Da Vinci) and I hope you enjoyed it. The idea of Leonardo carving a pink flamingo was just too funny to pass up, so I saved it for April 1. I promise everything on this blog during the rest of the year is true and beg your indulgence for this single day of the year.
I can’t believe what I’m about to tell you. To honor the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci‘s death on April 1, 1512 at the Gowk Conservatory of the Arts in Atlanta will unveil a previously unseen da Vinci sculpture. The spokesman, Mr. D. Featherstone, said the Gowk Conservatory would display Leonardo’s last sculpture beginning on February 29, 2013. This is a piece of garden sculpture done by the Renaissance master just before he died in 1512. It was a commission for the visiting Persian diplomat Sizdah Bedar.
According to the Conservatory’s press release the sculpture is a marble flamingo that stands about five feet tall. The elegant statue depicts the bird sleeping, standing on one foot. Experts at the Conservatory studying the statue have discovered remains of purplish-red pigment that originally decorated it. The statue was never delivered to its customer but displayed in front of the Leominster palace of Francis the First. It disappeared shortly thereafter and the whereabouts unknown for years. Finally it was rediscovered in 1979 in the basement of Bascom Hall on the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin. Since then it has been stored at Union Hall in Leominster, Massachusetts. When Union Hall changed hands in 2007 the statue was bought and eventually will be seen next year.