Giant Hands Rising From Venice Canals Send Important Message About Climate Change

The powerful sculpture raises awareness about climate change and the necessity to adopt sustainable habits.

Credit: Lorenzo Quinn

Though some may believe that climate change is a “hoax” invented by the Chinese, the general consensus among 97% of scientists is that global warming is a very real threat. Effects of refusing to adopt sustainable habits and/or curb carbon emissions include rising ocean levels due to melting ice caps, an increasing number of species going extinct, and an increase of natural disaster, reports NASA. Surely, at least one of these effects is frightening enough for the collective to participate in sustainable change. At least, one would hope so.

Because humans have a limited time to change their habits before Earth reaches a “tipping point” resulting in cataclysmic events, Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn built an incredible sculpture to raise awareness about the importance of acknowledging man-made climate change. The artwork was created as part of the 2017 Venice Art Biennale.

As Colossal reports, Quinn is widely known for incorporating elements of the human body into his work, and this sculpture is no different. Entitled Support, the sculpture is meant to be a visual statement, as it depicts two massive hands rising from a canal to support the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. Quinn told Halcyon Gallery:

“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.”

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The artwork also reflects on the two sides of human nature – both creative and destructive. Our species has an incredible opportunity to “do good” and prevent climate change from worsening so that a habitable planet remains for future generations. Support intends to send this message and does so with meticulous execution.

“I wanted to sculpt what is considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body,” said Quinn. “The hand holds so much power – the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy.”

Credit: Lorenzo Quinn

Credit: Lorenzo Quinn

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Credit: Halcyon Gallery

Credit: Lorenzo Quinn

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