In May 2019, during the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the monumental sculpture Building Bridges will be installed in a basin adjacent to the entrance of the Arsenale, in the Castello District of Venice. Building Bridges is composed of six pairs of monumental hands 15 metres high and 20 metres wide – individually titled ‘Help’, ‘Love’, ‘Friendship’, ‘Faith’, ‘Wisdom’ and ‘Hope’. The installation engages with the history of Venice as a meeting point of international history and culture.
The joining of hands symbolises our commonality, what we share and our ability to unite with an emphasis on bridging differences in all aspects of life – geographically, spiritually, philosophically, culturally and emotionally. The hands suggest a need for contact beyond self-interest, striving for human collaboration and unity. Quinn uses them to communicate complex emotions through a lexicon of gestures and touch, reflecting an ethos of connection and exchange through the language of art.
By using the Arsenale as a site for installation, the work also draws a connection to the city’s history as one of the greatest trading powers in Europe, the Western end of the Silk Road trade route and a huge naval authority. Its position today as a World Heritage City attracting tourists from all nations continues Venice’s history as a meeting point of culture, and aligns with Quinn’s message of world unity.
Halcyon Gallery was established in 1982, specialising in modern and contemporary art. Based in New Bond Street, Mayfair, the gallery represents an exciting selection of renowned international artists. In its London and Shanghai locations it hosts a diverse programme of established artists and new emerging talent.
Lorenzo Quinn has always spoken a universal language, wherever in the world his artwork is placed it creates an immediate impact, whether it be in Mumbai, Venice, New York or Shanghai. Building Bridges is his most ambitions project to date both in scale and thought and will send a unifying message of hope around the world.
President of Halcyon Gallery, Paul Green
Halcyon Art International passionately follows its belief that art should be not only inherently beautiful, but that it should also carry a message, have a meaning and serve a purpose that encourages public engagement. Halcyon Art International has acquired and placed significant and highly prized works by many of the greatest late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century masters and it represents and supports some of the most renowned and appreciated contemporary artists in the world.