This New Work of Art in Venice Sends a Powerful Message


Who ever said art does not tell a message was extremely wrong. Art is not only subjective, but can also be very powerful in spreading a mesage. Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn has built a new amazing piece of art and it has a very strong message. The artist has built a monumental sculpture for the 2017 Venice Art Biennale. The artist is very involved in today’s main issues and his art always tries to raise awareness on a specific topic. This time he wanted to attract everyone’s attention on global warming.

The name of the artwork is Support and it features two giant hands reaching out of the Grand Canal in front of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. The goal is to look at the threat faced by cities like Venice as ocean levels rise. The artist wants to call on people to act. The installation was unveiled on May 13, just in time for the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

The artwork wasn’t built only for aesthetics but it is meant to be at once a warning of the existential threat faced by cities like Venice due to rising sea levels. It is a reminder that we, like the pair of giant white hands, can make global warming slower. Support reflects “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,” says a release from the Halcyon Gallery.


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