Lorenzo Quinn’s giant hands sculpture in Venice

Lorenzo Quinn - Support, 2017, Venice, Italy
Lorenzo Quinn – Support, 2017, Venice, Italy

Lorenzo Quinn’s hands sculpture

One of the most talked about artworks in Venice Biennale 2017 was the monumental sculpture that has been created by a celebrated sculptor called Lorenzo Quinn. He calls his work ‘support’ which involves two very large hands that are raising from a canal to support the building that houses Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. The idea is to depict that the sculpture is helping Venice. It also symbolizes the capability of humankind to destroy the world and an equal capability to save the world too.

Lorenzo Quinn - Support, 2017, Venice, Italy, installation
Installation of Lorenzo Quinn – Support, 2017, Venice, Italy

Lorenzo Quinn - Support, 2017, Venice, Italy, installation
Installation of Lorenzo Quinn – Support, 2017, Venice, Italy

Venice & Global warming

Venice, which is known for its canals, gondolas, and centuries-old bridges, has an intimate relationship with the water around it. The sculpture that was made in time the 57th International Art Exhibition in the Venice Biennale showcases the threat of global warming and its impact on the relationship between the city and the water. Cities like Venice are faced with a threat of rising water levels from global warming.

Lorenzo Quinn - Support, 2017, Venice, Italy.
Installation of Lorenzo Quinn – Support, 2017, Venice, Italy

Lorenzo Quinn - Support, 2017, Venice, Italy
Lorenzo Quinn – Support, 2017, Venice, Italy

Lorenzo Quinn - Support, 2017, Venice, Italy
Lorenzo Quinn – Support, 2017, Venice, Italy

How was the sculpture created?

The sculpture also calls for swift action in mitigating the effects of global warming. It reminds the humanity that it has the power to make and destroy the world that it is and can use the capacities to deal with pressing issues. Quinn partnered with Halcyon Gallery in London to create the sculpture in his studio in Barcelona using a classic method called lost-wax casting. The process involves making a mold created from a wax model of the design. This method has been used over several centuries around the world.

Lorenzo Quinn - Support, 2017, Venice, Italy
Installation of Lorenzo Quinn – Support, 2017, Venice, Italy

Former location


Ca’ Sagredo Hotel
Campo Santa Sofia, 4198/99, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy

The sculpture has been removed

Analysis

While there is hope and desperation in the sculpture, the work also carries a special meaning to Quinn. He says that he is thinking of the future generation and what we shall pass to them. He says he is worried about what will be left for his three children after the damage has been done. Recently, in a post on Instagram Quinn retaliated that ‘Support’ brings the message in black and white through the innocent hands. It shows that we can stand and curb the threat of climate change if we brought our synergies together.

Other hands sculptures by Quinn

Part of the work that Quinn has done in the past also features sculptures with hands. Despite being a difficult part of the body to sculpt, he plays with it powerfully to bring out his message. Some of the works include ‘The Tree of Life’ a bronze sculpture that pays tribute to victims of World War II in Birmingham England and Love, pair hands that been clasped and set in a ring in Millbank London.

All images: Lorenzo Quinn/lorenzoquinn.com unless otherwise noted.

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