On Friday, May 10, Quinn unveiled Building Bridges, an installation consisting of six pairs of hands arching 50 feet over a waterway at the Arsenale former shipyard in Venice’s eastern Castello District. Made from white resin to mimic the white marble seen around Venice, the hands symbolize the need to build bridges and overcome differences.
Each pair is clasped in a different way to highlight six values, including friendship, hope, love, help, faith, and wisdom. The new sculptures were unveiled at a ceremony last week with a performance by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
Like Support—Quinn’s 2017 Venetian installation that drew attention to the rising sea levels that threaten to destroy the city’s historical architecture—Building Bridges is appearing adjacent to the 58th Venice Biennale, an international contemporary art fair that runs between May 11 and November 24, 2019.
While he won’t say which ones, Quinn says that several cities have already started the bidding process to win Building Bridges once its run in Venice is done, according to the AP.
To see Building Bridges at the Arsenale, you can take the ACTV Linea 5.1 and 4.1 water taxis to the Bacini or Arsenale stop from Piazzale Roma or the Alilaguna Blue Line to the Bacini stop from Marco Polo Airport. Find more information at lorenzoquinnbuildingbridges.com.
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