After waiting 10 years for it to be completed, Florentines were very unimpressed when, in 1575, they first saw the statue of Neptune towering over his fountain in piazza della Signoria right in front of Palazzo Vecchio. Disappointed because he seemed so static and inexpressive, they disparagingly called him Il Biancone, or the ?white giant.' Even Michelangelo admonished his sculptor, Bartolomeo Ammannati (1511-1592), for ruining a perfectly good piece of Carrara marble. To make matters worse, it was not long before the locals were using the fountain as a tub for washing their dirty clothes. It was so popular for this purpose that you can still see a marble plaque on the wall behind the monument warning citizens that they would have been hauled off to appear before the magistrate and fined four and a half ducats if they had persisted in using the fountain as a place for doing their laundry or as a dumping ground for wood or rubbish.