Earlier this month, Italian sculptor, Lorenzo Quinn unveiled a phenomenal temporary installation for the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Bienniale. The giant hands, symbolically, appear to be holding up the walls of the iconic, Ca'Sagredo Hotel on Venice's Grand Canal. It symbolizes both warning and threat to cities like Venice due to rising sea levels and a reminder to mankind that we can all play a part in helping to prevent global warming. That human hands can both aid and destruct.
It was created using the traditional lost wax casting method and was modeled on the hands of one of the artist's children, making it an intensely personal piece, with the strong message that "The hand holds so much power – the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy.”
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.