International Artist Lorenzo Quinn Unveils Building Bridges Sculpture in Venice

Lorenzo Quinn’s Building Bridges by Halcyon Gallery during Venice Biennale 2019 on May 09, 2019 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Halcyon Art International)

Internationally renowned contemporary Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn has unveiled his monumental Building Bridges sculpture in Venice.

The Building Bridges sculpture, the pinnacle of Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn’s artistic expression to date, is installed in the basin of the Arsenale in the Castello District of Venice. Composed of six pairs of monumental hands, 15 meters high and 20 meters wide, the spectacular sculpture speaks to humanity’s commonality, with an emphasis of bridging differences in all aspects of life – geographically, philosophically, culturally and emotionally.

The official unveiling of the Building Bridges sculpture took place in Venice on the evening of May 9, 2019, with the  participation of Andrea Bocelli, a musical performance by pianist Lola Astanova, and the presence of the Mayor of Venice, dignitaries and the general public.

The leading figurative sculptor whose work is inspired by such masters as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin will exhibit in London at the Halcyon Gallery through June 30. The Halcyon Gallery has represented Quinn’s work for the past twenty years. With three galleries in London, Halcyon specializes in modern and contemporary art, and works closely with emerging and established international artists to produce world-class art exhibitions that translate to a global audience.

Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn said: “Venice is a World Heritage City and it is the city of bridges. It is the perfect location to spread a message of world unity and peace so that more of us around the world build bridges with others rather than walls and barriers.”

“Each pair of the sculpture’s hands celebrate one of six universal human values: Friendship, to build on the future together; Wisdom, to make mutually beneficial decisions; Help, to cement lasting relationships; Faith, to trust in your heart and self-worth; Hope, to persevere in worthwhile endeavors; and Love, the fundamental purpose for it all.”

President of Halcyon Gallery Paul Green said: “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 ambitious project to date both in scale and thought, and will send a unifying message of hope around the world.”

Possibilità, Quinn’s one-man exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery on New Bond Street, London, is on view through June 30. For more information see

Building Bridges is open to the public in Venice’s Arsenale starting on May 10. For more information see

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