VENICE ART: EMERGING HANDS

Ciao Travel bugsss! We simply could not resist sharing some news we just came across. As of May 13th 2017 a monumental sculpture of two hands emerging from The Grand Canal in Venice, seemingly holding up The Ca'Sagredo hotel. 

Why are we so excited about this? Because the artist Lorenzo Quinn wanted to bring attention to global warming and how much power the human hand can hold. Lorenzo Quinn is a 51 year old Italian sculptor and former actor from Rome. This is what Lorenzo had to say about his art work.

"I wanted to scuplt what is considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body. The hands hold so much power- the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy."

If that is not art for both your eyes and your mind, I do not know what is! 

 

The contemporary sculpture was made for The Venice Biennale-57th International Art Exhibition. This exhibit includes 86 national participant in the historic pavilions at The Giardini, at The arsenale and in the historic city center of Venice. This year that are a record count of three countries participating for the first time.  Those countries are Antigua, Barbuda, Kiribati, and Nigeria. 

Lorenzo Quinn's scuplture was made using the lost wax process (metal casting). A process in which molten metal is poured into a mold that has been created in means of a wax model, once the mold is made the wax model is melted and cleared away. 

Now can you see why we are so excited about this information? A beautiful art piece plus a beautiful mind equals a masterpiece. Hats off to Lorenzo for his inspirational work. They will be taking down the sculptures on November 26th 2017. If you would like to experience not only the massive emerging hands in person but the Venice Biennale, start planning now because you do not have much time. Before leaving lets take one last look at Lorenzo Quinn's masterpiece. Ciao for now !