Building Bridges is contemporary Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn’s (b. 1966) most ambitious project to date. Six pairs of monumental hands bridge the basin of the Arsenale as both a symbol of our commonality and an expression of human aspiration. The project depicts six of humanity’s universal values – ‘Friendship’, ‘Faith’, ‘Help’, ‘Love’, ‘Hope’ and ‘Wisdom’ – each symbolised by human hands coming together to overcome differences and build a better world.
Famous as a city of connections through its canals and crossings, as an historic base of international trade, and as an ongoing hub of artistic exchange – Venice, a World Heritage Site with visitors from all over the globe, is an ideal place to spread a message of unity connecting societies, nations, communities and individuals through building bridges, not walls.