An artistic rendering of Lorenzo Quinn's six pairs of arching hands creating a bridge over a Venetian waterway. Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn created a splash on the sidelines of the Venice Biennale contemporary art fair two years ago with a sculpture of gigantic child’s hands reaching out of the Grand Canal, calling attention to climate change that threatens, among other things, to sink the lagoon city. This edition, Quinn has created a successor sculpture that he wants to be a call to action: Six pairs of arching hands creating a bridge over a Venetian waterway, symbolic of the need overcome divisions. (BLJ via AP)

Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn builds bridges over Venice

May 04, 2019 - 6:03 am

MILAN (AP) — Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn created a splash on the sidelines of the Venice Biennale contemporary art fair two years ago with a gigantic sculpture of a child's hands reaching out of the Grand Canal, calling attention to climate change that threatens, among other things, to sink the lagoon city.

For this edition, Quinn has created a successor sculpture that he wants to be a call to action: Six pairs of clasping hands creating a bridge over a Venetian waterway, symbolic of the need to overcome divisions. "Building Bridges" will be officially unveiled on Friday with a performance by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, the day before the Biennale opens its six-month run.

Quinn told The Associated Press his message is that "humanity has never grown by creating barriers."

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