Lorenzo Quinn

Together

Stainless steel rods

6 m x 10.33 m x 5.754 m (excl. base)

2021

‘One of the reasons I chose to be a sculptor is for its longevity. The idea of possibly being able to communicate with future generations through the art I leave behind has always mesmerized me. Art has the ability to cheat death and to make you immortal. When I was approached with the possibility of exhibiting one of my sculptures in front of humanity’s most glorious timeless creations, it was a dream come true. I also realized it was a daunting task because no artist on earth today can equal the beauty and perfection of the magnificent ancient Egyptian pyramids.

 

I decided to create a site-specific sculpture that would hopefully not interfere with the surroundings but somehow support their majestic timeless beauty, a sculpture that would outline the human connection throughout time.’

 

Humans are obsessed with time and yet there are places on earth where time stands still. COVID-19 has frozen time temporarily in the way we interact with each other. This relationship between human-time and earth-time is made even more relative at the site of the Great Pyramids of Giza where time is frozen. There is a strong desire to unfreeze our time during which we have longed for that human touch while the world came together under a single umbrella. We missed an essential part of what makes us human. Together wishes to represent that timeless human emotional journey in the place on earth where time has become relative as a testimonial to living the moment.

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Lorenzo Quinn (b. 1966, Rome, Italy) is a leading figurative sculptor noted for his depiction of human emotions such as love and faith, both on a monumental and on a more intimate scale. He is best known for expressive recreations of human hands. After growing up between Italy and the United States, Quinn studied at the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York. In 1988, he left New York to settle in Spain, which better suited his creative process. His work appears in many private collections throughout the world and has been exhibited internationally throughout the past two decades.

In 2017, Quinn installed the monumental sculpture Support in the Grand Canal of Venice to coincide with the Venice Biennale. Composed of a child’s hands reaching up from the depths of the Grand Canal to bolster the antique façade of the palace, it engaged boldly with the historical and ecological issues that confront the city today and is one the most shared public temporary installations ever. In 2019, during the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, he installed the monumental sculpture Building Bridges, composed of six pairs of monumental hands, individually titled ‘Friendship’, ‘Faith’, ‘Help’, ‘Love’, ‘Hope’ and ‘Wisdom’. It aligns with Quinn’s message of world unity and engagement with the history of Venice as a meeting point of international history and culture. Concurrently, the exhibition Possibilità opened at Halcyon Gallery, featuring brand-new work in which Quinn revisited his most fundamental motif – the human figure.