Building Bridges By Lorenzo Quinn Is Part Of The Venice Biennale

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Lorenzo Quinn’s Building Bridges, Venice Biennale 2019

Check out this insane sculpture that just appeared in Venice

This must be an awe-inspiring sight to ride towards in a gondola, and even more engaging when drifting underneath it – the Building Bridges sculpture by contemporary Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn, which has just been installed in Venice. Located at the basin of the Arsenale in the Castello district, the work is composed of six pairs of interlocking hands, 15 metres high and 20 metres wide, with one either side of the water.

Quinn’s work often focuses on love and human connection. The giant hands here are intended to show the commonality of us all, finding ways to bridge our differences. It also follows on from another Venice sculpture by Quinn, Support, installed in 2017, which featured hands reaching out of the Grand Canal.

Speaking on his latest work, which is being displayed as part of the Venice Biennale, running until November, Quinn, the son of Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn, said, “Venice is a World Heritage City and the city of bridges. It’s the perfect location to spread a message of unity and peace, so that more of us build bridges with others, rather than walls and barriers.

“Each pair of the sculpture’s hands celebrate one of six universal human values: Friendship, to build on the future together; Wisdom, to make mutually beneficial decisions; Help, to cement lasting relationships; Faith, to trust in your heart and self-worth; Hope, to persevere in worthwhile endeavours; and Love, the fundamental purpose for it all.”

In addition to his latest sculpture, a selection of Quinn’s other works will be on display at Hangar 99, Arsenale, North Venice. He also has a one-man exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery in London running until June 30.

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