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Support: Monumental Hands Rise from the Water in Venice to Highlight Climate Change

May 12, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Artist Lorenzo Quinn (previously) just finished the installation of a monumental sculpture for the 2017 Venice Biennale. Titled Support, the piece depicts a pair of gigantic hands rising from the water to support the sides of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, a visual statement of the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on the historic city. Quinn is known for his work with the human body—specifically hands—that he incorporates into everything from large-scale sculptures down to jewelry designs. Quinn is represented by Halcyon Gallery, and you can see more installation photos and videos of Support on Instagram. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

 

 



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A Venice Exhibit Brainstorms New Life for Old Gondola Posts

September 22, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Entries by David Chipperfield and Paola Navone for the “Tra le Briccole di Venezia” (“Among the posts in Venice”) exhibition that explores ways to recycle the massive oak posts used to dock gondolas.

The so called “briccole”, the posts in chestnut oak on which Venice is built, are used for docking gondolas and as beacons. They are at least ten meters (32.8 feet) high and once driven into the lagoon, they have an average life not longer than 5-10 years. Their section affected by tide rise and fall becomes the natural home for microorganisms as well as sea flora and fauna, but once corroded, they are completely replaced.