The Sky Over Nine Columns

Heinz Mack: The Sky Over Nine Columns
Venice, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

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On 3 June 2014 the installation The Sky Over Nine Columns by German artist Heinz Mack got opened to the public on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.

Paralleling the Architecture Biennale, nine columns—more than seven metres high and covered with a golden mosaic—stand in front of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, bearing the sky above them. Curated by art historian Robert Fleck, the installation offers a broad scope for association. As a manifestation of the human being standing upright, the column is the earliest element in the history of architecture and forms a direct relation between earth and sky. The golden mosaic consisting of over 800,000 tesserae is an example of the long tradition of local craftsmanship, representing Venice’s early cultural relations between Orient and Occident.

The installation The Sky Over Nine Columns is realised by Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf and Sigifredo di Canossa, in cooperation with the Fondazione Giorgi Cini. The realisation is supported by Trend, Vicenza.

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