Venice gets a helping hand

...a very important helping hand 

(All images from Halcyon Gallery)

An art installation titled "Support", here appears to be propping up the historic Ca'Sagredo hotel on Venice's Grand Canal. The sculpture was placed on display as part of the 2017 La Biennale di Venezia, an annual art exhibition.

These incredible photos showi just what it took to bring "Support", created by renowned artist Lorenzo Quinn, to life. It was meant to underline the fragility of some buildings in this anciuent city.

 

The hands were built off-site by Quinn and his team. Just how big are they? One fingertip is the size of Quinn's head. To get to their final display location, the hands were loaded on boats. The hands symbolize humanity's power to reshape the world for good or ill.

  

On Instagram, Quinn wrote that he hopes Support will inspire people "to support this wonder of city that is threatened by climate change. I hope my art brings a new focus of attention to a global calamity that we are faced with."    

"The hand holds so much power — the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy," he said in a press release. "Venice is a floating art city that has inspired cultures for centuries, but to continue to do so it needs the support of our generation and future ones, because it is threatened by climate change and time decay."

Many believe that climate change could end up sinking the historic city in less than a century — and Venice isn't the only city in this situation. In response, the city is currently working on a massive flood barrier.

The hands on Ca Sagredo were removed in 2018 but others have appered in strategic places elsewhere. Watch out for them.

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