” S U P P O R T ” / by Lorenzo Quinn

A brief bio on Lorenzo Quinn, as found on his website:

“Contemporary Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn is a leading figurative sculptor whose work is inspired by such masters as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin. Exhibited internationally, his monumental public art and smaller, more intimate pieces transmit his passion for eternal values and authentic emotions. He is best known for expressive recreations of human hands. ‘I wanted to sculpt what is considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body’, he asserts. ‘The hand holds so much power – the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy.’”

One of his most recent works, “Support” was installed at the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel on the Grand Canal for the 2017 Venice Biennale. Quinn completed “Support” in less than a months time, for its installation on May 12th of last year.  The work was up for over a year and is being taken down this week (May 2018).

Although Quinn’s work can be seen throughout the world, the location and placement of this particular sculpture was very intentional- the constantly changing water levels of the canals provided an ever-changing installation space.  Quinn’s goal with the hands rising out of the water was to make a visual statement about climate change and the historical fluctuations of rising (and falling) sea levels in Venice.

The hands are nearly 26 feet tall and are modeled after those of Quinn’s youngest son, Anthony.  On why he chose to make this sculpture based on children’s hands Quinn said, “I wanted to be the hands of a child because they represent the present but especially the future. This beautiful phrase of: ‘the world is not ours, it is a loan of our children’.

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