The Venice Biennale is on again where country vies with country, artist with artist, all competing for media headlines.

One piece which is attracting media attention and dominating people’s social media feeds is Lorenzo Quinn’s hand sculpture, a statement to highlight global warming and the effects of climate change.

The artist, represented by the Halcyon Gallery in London, and known for this handwork, has airlifted two giant hands that have been placed in the Grand Canal. The hands give the appearance of supporting the Ca’ Sagredo hotel to stay afloat from the rising waters.

The artwork is designed to show the fragility of the city and the need for current and future generations to take action.

Hand sculpture at Venice Biennale

Venice biennale

Quite often modern art is accused of being too abstract. This piece of art, by contrast, makes an incredible statement that is universally understood.

The hands will on display until 25 of November.


Campo Santa Sofia, 4198/99, 30121 Venezia, Italy