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Artist Warns About Climate Change Effects With Massive Sculptures

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Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn is trying to draw attention to the devastating effects of Venice climate change with his latest work, Support, featuring hand sculptures on display outside the city’s Ca’ Sagredo Hotel.

Yes!…so happy to say mission accomplished. SUPPORT in Venice 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. A big thank you to the city of Venice and to his Mayor Luigi Brugnaro for believing in this installation from the beginning, to Ca' Sagredo hotel represented by Lorenza Lain (the force of Nature) to C and C architectural Studio, Fulvio Caputo, Marco Zanon, Ufficine delle Zattere, Luisa Flora, Tecmolde, Julio and Irene Luzan and the entire team, She Digital, Grupoo Orseolo with Rein srl and the Gondolieri of Venice. To my super team in Spain at Quinn Creations To my family, my wife and especially my son Anthony for letting me use his hands, and of course to @halcyongallery , representanted by Paul Green, Udi Sheleg and assisted by Shani, Helga and all in the gallery, because without their continued organizational, moral, artistic and financial 'support' none of this could have happened. #biennale2017venezia #biennale2017 #lorenzoquinn #lorenzoquinnartist #venezia #halcyongallery #support #supportart #climatechange @awesome.earth

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The piece, which began to be displayed on May 13, features two 5,000-pound hands emerging from the Grand Canal. Depending on one’s interpretation, the piece can be seen as either propping up the historic hotel, or, grasping for “support” from one of the many fragile structures that line the age-old waterway.

“Venice is a floating art city that inspired cultures for centuries,” Quinn said in a statement released by Halcyon Gallery. “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.”

A big thank you to all for your comments and likes. It's been overwhelming. I wish I could thank each and everyone of you individually. This sculpture 'Support' placed in Venice at Ca' Sagredo, coinciding with the opening of the Venice Biennale, wants to speak to the people in a clear, simple and direct way through the innocent hands of a child and it evokes a powerful message which is that united we can make a stand to curb the climate change that affects us all. We must all collectively think of how we can protect our planet and by doing that we can protect our national heritage sites… Support our planet support our heritage! A warm hug, Lorenzo THE INSTALLATION WILL BE AT CA' SAGREDO UNTIL NOVEMBER 26th a #halcyongallery #casagredohotelvenice #lorenzoquinn #lorenzoquinnartist #biennale2017 #LorenzoQuinnVenice #support #supportart #worldheritage #worldheritagesite @awesome.earth

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The famed Italian city has dealt with rising water levels since the fifth century. Climate change, however, has accelerated the rise in sea levels.

“I have three children, and I’m thinking about their generation and what world we’re going to pass on to them,” the artist said in an interview with Mashable. “I’m worried, I’m very worried.”

The piece was sculpted in Quinn’s studio, and later transported to it’s current location. The child-like hands are also based on those of one of his own children.

Yes!…so happy to say mission accomplished. 'SUPPORT' in Venice 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. Art in 'Support' of art: Venice is now the art capital of the world during the Venice Biennale but the city of art is threatened and needs our help and protection. ——A big thank you to the city of Venice and especially to its Mayor Luigi Brugnaro for believing in this installation from the beginning, to Ca' Sagredo hotel represented by Lorenza Lain (the force of Nature) to C and C architectural Studio, Fulvio Caputo, Marco Zanon, Ufficine delle Zattere, Luisa Flora, Tecmolde, Julio and Irene Luzan and the entire team, She Digital, Grupoo Orseolo with Rein srl and the Gondolieri of Venice. To my super team in Spain at Quinn Creations To my family, my wife and especially my son Anthony for letting me use his hands, and of course to @halcyongallery , representanted by Paul Green, Udi Sheleg and assisted by Shani, Helga and all in the gallery, because without their continued organizational, moral, artistic and financial 'support' none of this could have happened. #biennale2017venezia #biennale2017 #lorenzoquinn #lorenzoquinnartist #venezia #halcyongallery #support #supportart #climatechange @awesome.earth @leonardodicaprio @love.watts

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Support will be on display until November 26, the last day of the Venice Biennale. Quinn says his sculpture will probably go on tour afterwards.

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His previous works include The Tree of Life, which sits outside St. Martin’s Church in Birmingham, England, and Love, which can be seen at Riverside Walk Gardens in Millbank, London. The first was commissioned by the United Nations to honor the victims of World War II.

Quinn is the son of the late actor Anthony Quinn, best known for his appearances in movies “Lust for Life”, “Zorba the Greek”, and “Lawrence of Arabia”.

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