Artist, Lorenzo Quinn’s two 5000 pound hands are outstretched to us, in a gesture to take climate change seriously and a plead asking officials for more action to be taken against the increasing concerns regarding climate change.
The sculpture, rises from the Grand canal in Venice and rests upon the Ca’ Segrado Hotel, in warm greeting to citizens and visitors alike. His piece titled ‘Support’ is his contribution to the 2017 Venice Biennale.
The work is his representation of holding up the ‘sinking city’ of Venice, that has for many years struggled with rising sea levels, caused by the Earth’s rising temperature.
It is his nod to the encroaching waters pressing upon coastal cities like Venice, and the growing issues of climate change and its impact upon our planet.
The hands, modelled after one of his own children, present one of the most pressing issues surrounding our societies at the moment. The question he poses is, will the innocent future generations, our children, be left empty handed; by our failure to combat the damage we have done to Earth?
Will there be anything left for them to inherit?
In an Instagram Post by Quinn himself, he said he wanted Support “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.”
In a release from Halcyon Gallery in London, who work in connection with the Venice Biennale and the artist himself, they stated
Support reflects “on the two sides of human nature, the creative and the destructive, as well as the capacity for humans to act and make an impact on history and the environment.”
Quinn’s work often incorporates influence from human anatomy; both when working large scale and in 3D and also in smaller jewellery designs he is well-known for Barcelona, where his studio resides and where most of the work for the sculpture was carried out.
The hands were created using a method referred to as “low-wax casting.” This is a process that has been employed throughout history, as a way of casting metal by pouring molten metal into a mold created by a wax model.
In an age where the President of the United States refers to Climate Change as a hoax, the need for more works to draw focus to the issues of climate change is most certainly needed.
A tweet by President Trump, clearly states his position regarding this very real issue, that for the past decade has been at the forefront of other ruling bodies concerns, and as a priority for them to tackle.
At present, Greenpeace is fighting to ensure Climate Change remains a primary focus as an international agenda for us all to work together on combating.
In the run up to the general election, they are gathering support via an online petition to ensure UK’s government can work with the U.S and push it as an issue of growing-concern and a call for hands-on action to address this.
More information on what Greenpeace’s plans are can be found at there website, and you can click here to sign the petition.