Giant hands emerge from water to share an important message
Monday, May 15, 2017, 2:49 PM - To raise awareness about the impact of climate change Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn unveiled an enormous sculpture on Saturday at the Ca' Sagredo Hotel in Venice.
Support features two 5,000-pound hands that emerge from the Grand Canal and grasp the walls of the famous hotel, according to Mashable.
"Reflecting on the two sides of human nature, the creative and the destructive, as well as the capacity for humans to act and make an impact on history and the environment, Quinn addresses the ability for humans to make a change and re-balance the world around them -- environmentally, economically, socially," a Halcyon Gallery press release reads.
Located in London, England Halcyon Gallery represents Quinn. While Support was originally created for Venice Biennale, an international art exhibition, Quinn's project was not accepted, Mashable reports.
As a result, Halcyon Gallery worked directly with Venice officials to install the piece, according to the news agency.
The sculpture reflects the "delicate existence of humans and society against the force of nature in today's climate of change," the release highlights.
The hands are there to support the historic building that is surrounded by water and waning tide.
"I wanted to sculpt what is considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body," says Quinn. "The hand holds so much power -- the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy."
The sculpture is composed of polyurethane foam covered by resin and four pillars that extend to the bottom of the canal, Mashable reports.
Support will be on display until Nov. 26.
Venice and its Lagoon were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987. According to Mashable, Quinn may take his sculpture on tour as he has received several requests to install it at other UNESCO sites.
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