Iconic public sculpture ‘Hand of God’ by Lorenzo Quinn installed on Park Lane

9 Sep 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: This Sunday, 21 August, Lorenzo Quinn's iconic sculpture ‘Hand of God’ will be lowered into position at its prominent new resting place on Park Lane, Mayfair, London.

“Quinn’s Hand of God sculpture is a clear example of the relationship between the real and transcendental. It is about our ultimate search for a life of spirituality... His figures, and particularly his hands, are works that explore what is most human.” Consuelo Císcar Casabán Director, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM) Quinn’s Hand of God is a 4m long, 400 kg sculpture, cast in aluminium from a mould using the sand cast process. The Hand of God forms part of a worldwide programme of public art by Lorenzo Quinn, in association with Halcyon Gallery.  This summer, The State Hermitage Museum invited Lorenzo Quinn to exhibit Hand of God and a second work, Leap of Faith, as part of the innovative ‘Hermitage 20/21 Project’, supported by the UK Friends of the Hermitage. The symbolic sculptures were selected by Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of The State Hermitage Museum for exhibition until end of September 2011.

“Art can be seen as a mirror of modern culture that reflects all of us. Therefore, the Hermitage 20/21 project is addressed at those who want to be up to date with things, for both amateurs and professionals, savvy connoisseurs and the youngest viewers". Dr Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum, which  owns one of the world's greatest collections of Old Master paintings, important Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, did not collect or exhibit contemporary Western art for most of the 20th century, from 1917 to 2000. The purpose of the 20/21 Project campaign is therefore to collect, study and exhibit 20th and 21st century Western art. The ‘Hermitage 20/21’ programme has been extremely successful, bringing new audiences to the Museum, placing it firmly on the contemporary art-world map. Quinn’s work is shown alongside a major exhibition by the 20th century British artist, Henry Moore, whose work has never been publicly shown in Russia before.

This year, Quinn is enjoying huge success at the 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, exhibiting This is Not a Game, a powerful two-stage anit-war installation at the Italian Pavilion and San Servolo island, featuring a full-size Russian tank and life-size cast ‘toy’ soldiers operated by giant human hands. The exhibition runs until November 27 2011.

“Lorenzo Quinn is an artist who succeeds in halting, just for a moment, our race against time.” Cristian Maretti, Curator ‘This is Not a Game’ by Lorenzo Quinn, Venice Biennale

Earlier this year Quinn was invited to exhibit at the first ever Rome Sculpture Biennale, an outdoor exhibition of sculpture by historic and contemporary international artists, where he showed La Dolce Vita.

Other public works by Quinn in London have included for his well known Vroom Vroom installation featuring a genuine vintage Fiat 500, and Force of Nature II which is currently on display in Berkeley Square, Mayfair. Lorenzo Quinn's work has always been defined by his constant, conscientious drive to improve, to learn, to evolve and to create works that do not just resonate in today's society, but that will also endure the test of time. Further public placements and significant exhibitions of Quinn’s work are scheduled to take place in London later this year.