A simple message conveyed with brute means. The sculptor Lorenzo Quinn, son of the late actor Anthony Quinn, returns to Venice with a new, sensational installation. “Building Bridges” is the title of his work, which will be shown next Thursday at the Venice Art Biennale on the old industrial and shipyard Arsenale.
It was one of the most eye-catching artworks at the Venice Biennale two years ago: two huge hands jutting out of the Grand Canal supporting a house. Quinn wanted to draw attention to climate change with the sculpture “Support” at the luxury hotel Ca ‘Sagredo, which is threatened by rising water levels like many other historic buildings in Venice.
The installation, which will be inaugurated next Thursday with a concert by star tenor Andrea Bocelli, is already causing a sensation in the lagoon city. Six huge, 15-meter-high pairs of hands, which unite, form a gate over the water and symbolize unity.
The joining of hands symbolizes our commonality, what we share and our ability to unite with an emphasis on bridging differences in all aspects of life – geographically, spiritually, philosophically, culturally and emotionally. The hands suggest a need for contact beyond self-interest, striving for human collaboration and unity.
“Venice is a world heritage city and it is the city of bridges. it is the perfect location to spread a message of world unity and peace so that more of us around the world build bridges with others rather than walls and barriers,” Quinn explains. “Venice opened routes to Asia, the Far East, with Marco Polo and the Merchants of Venice. It has been a driving force of European growth always.”
The Venice Biennale takes place every two years. This year, principal curator Ralph Rugoff proclaimed the motto “May you live in interesting times”.
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