Venice is full of museums packed with amazing art including the Peggy Guggenheim but one of the most recognizable pieces is out in the open and impossible to miss from the vantage point of a water taxi.
Simply called Support, it is made up of two giant hands rising from the water to touch the walls of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. The sculpture was installed in time for the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Artist Lorenzo Quinn created Support as a visual statement of the impact of climate change. Rising sea levels have been an issue in Venice for a long time, where living on the water is a way of life.
I’m finishing up a longer post about my Venice experience but this sculpture deserves a spotlight of its own as scientists predict that if more isn’t done to reverse the effects of climate change, the city could be nearly submerged by 2100. And that would be tragic.