Wisdom, hope, help, faith, friendship and love- with six different gestures, artist Lorenzo Quinn is trying to bring the world together. This isn’t the first time Quinn’s hands held up a palace to make a monument statement. A few years back, Quinn’s hands held up a palace to raise attention to climate change. Now he’s back in La Serenissima, a city plagued by a reputation of flooding and tourism, and I’m standing next to him by a bunch of elbows, well, really lower arms reaching out (seemingly) from the water) to six sets of larger-than-life hands clasping together together.
“Six universal messages to bring the world together.”
Quinn is focused and he knows what he is doing- drawing attention to Venice and to public issues that often fade in the past. 15 meters at their highest with “universal images that everyone can recognize”, Building Bridges will be Venice’s most selfied site and is the city’s latest bridge, literally and metaphorically. More importantly, it’s Italy’s latest monument, shouting a call for unity.
Check out Lorenzo Quinn at the Venice Biennale di Arte Contemporanea 2019
In This Episode
(01:14): Who is Lorenzo Quinn?
(02:14): The sculpture: Building Bridges
(02:33): Six sets of hands, six meanings
(03:46): Taking action
(04:27): Back by Popular Demand
(06:02): Paul Green, Halcyon Gallery and bringing Building Bridges to Venice