These giant hands have become the talk of the town not just in Venice but all over the world. Here’s why:
The façade of Palazzo Morosini Sagredo (also known as Ca’ Sagredo) in Venice is being supported by two giant hands coming out of the water. This is called Support, a temporary artwork by artist Lorenzo Quinn, inaugurated on May 13 and will run until November 26 2017.
It sees two large hands emerging out of the Venice’s Grand Canal to support Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. The artist believes that these hands symbolise their power to destroy as well as save the world.
The artwork aims to draw the attention on how delicate life is and these hands can handle it with extreme care. The hands represent the role human beings can play in supporting and preserving (or not) a unique heritage like Venice as compared to the strong forces of Mother Nature like climate change.
Venice has been facing the harsh consequences of global warming and sea level water rising up for a long time. Ca’ Sagredo is slowly slipping underwater. Support aims that people will come forward to preserve this charming destination from the harsh impacts of climate change.
“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”, the artist was quoted saying.
Venice is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.