by Charles Webb, 18th October, 2013
"A branch falls, a leaf floats down, a biird flies by, a stone rolls...that's how my ideas are born."
Boing Boing came across the short documentary "Ai Poppi," from directors Luiz Romero, Coleman Guyon, and Giacomo Pennicchi. This profile of an elderly Italian man simply called "Bruno" in the doc, it's a fascinating look at how creative inspiration can crop up in unexpected places and even stranger ways. It's a lovely short, but if you'd like to get a little insight from the man himself, fast forward to the 05:17 mark where Bruno begins talking about some of his inspirations for the attractions at his park, a work of art, that it seems he hopes will endure in people's memories even after he is gone. Bruno's park is a collection slides, seesaws, swings, and mechanical rides and toys constructed over the last four decades. Largely self-taught and working alone, Bruno talks about the allure of constructing something where there was nothing before as well as his curious, winding path to being an amusement park creator/operator.
[Source: Boing Boing]