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Creativity: Monumental hands emerge from Venice's Grand Canal

Creativity is the fuel that sparks new ideas and it can be found in many ways.

A great example of creativity expressed in art and used to address a critical problem was created by a contemporary artist, Lorenzo Quinn. The artist unveiled on Venice's Grand Canal a sculpture intended to highlight the devastation of climate change.

The artwork, titled Support, shows two huge hands emerging from the canal to "support" the historic Ca' Sagredo Hotel in such a way that they appear to be preventing the 14th-century building from sinking into the water.

But the hands can also be seen as powerful enough to dismantle and drag down the building, should they choose to — a dual representation intended to represent the power of human beings "to love, to hate, to create, to destroy," Quinn said. Scientists have warned that Venice could disappear underwater within a century if sea levels continue to rise. "The work generates an instinctive and immediate understanding of the environmental impact for places such as Venice".

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