On June 3, The Sky Over Nine Columns had been unveiled on the Island of San Georgio Maggiore. I was observing longingly from far this stunning installation on our way to the Architecture Biennale every morning on a vaporetto. The last day, we finally made it and choose the golden hour assuming these columns would have an even more beautiful reflection then.
German artist Heinz Mack explains that “the column represents man standing upright-with dignity-in space, forming a direct link between earth and sky. And the column is the earliest and most fundamental element in the history of architecture.”
The 24kt gold leaf glass golden mosaic covering the columns is made up of over 800.000 tesserae, an example of highly skilled local craftsmanship and…
… represents the historical cultural relations between Orient and Occident forged in Venice bringing to life the Byzantine gold mosaics of the past.
As a matter of fact, the city’s most prominent splendid golden mosaics can be found just across the water, in the Basilica of San Marco. It was the perfect ending of a wonderful trip which I truly enjoyed this year. Venice never had been so charming to me with gorgeous weather, not too many tourists having been there like 5-6 times already. Would definitely pick beginning June again for another visit. What do you think about the installation though?