Lorenzo Quinn’s iconic La Dolce Vita will be unveiled on Park Lane, by the Dorchester Hotel, London as part of Halcyon Gallery’s public art programme and Westminster Council’s City of Sculpture Festival. The sculpture can be viewed from Monday 1st October.
La Dolce Vita is one of Quinn’s most recognized sculptures and features a traditional Vespa moped held by a giant hand. The sculpture was placed at Casina Valadier, Villa Borghese in Rome for the first Biennale di Scultura, an exhibition of outdoor sculpture in the city of Rome. Quinn says that for him this piece represents the ‘joie de vivre’ of the age of La Dolce Vita as described to him by his father, “…and the sense of total abandonment to the child within.”
Born in Rome, the artist Lorenzo Quinn was profoundly influenced by his father, the stage and screen actor Antony Quinn. La Dolce Vita was inspired by his father’s experiences and stories of living in Rome in the 1950s, Quinn says: “The thrill of living the Dolce Vita in Rome must have been amazing. My father tried to describe it to many times as I was growing up. It was a world full of hope and rebirth a feeling of eternal spring for humanity. The world had ended a terribly destructive conflict but after all the destruction there was space to rebuild and that transformed in an incredible lust for life.”