Artist hopes art can help tackle climate change

Dhaka,  Wed,  24 May 2017
Published : 17 May 2017, 21:58:39
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Artist hopes art can help tackle climate change

VENICE, May 17: Italian contemporary artist and sculptor Lorenzo Quinn’s latest work is creating a lot of buzz on social media.

It is a dramatic visual statement urging people to respond to global warming before it is too late, according to a global media report.

‘Support’ sees two large hands emerge from Venice’s Grand Canal to protect, and as the name suggests, support the historic Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. The hands symbolise tools that can both destroy the world, but also have the capacity to save it. 

A video shot of the installation artwork has been viewed over 1.7 million times since being uploaded on Facebook by the artist on Friday. It has been shared over 25,000 times and collected over 17,000 reactions.

Venice, known as “The Floating City” or “City of Canals,” is literally sinking under rising sea levels due to global warming. 

Venice has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The hands symbolise the role people must play in supporting the historical city survive, explains the artist. 

The sculpture, officially unveiled on May 13, will remain on display till November 26, 2017 while the 2017 Venice Art Biennale is on.

 
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