The installation THE SKY OVER NINE COLUMNS by German artist HEINZ MACK has been on display from 3rd June - 23rd November 2014 at Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice. It consists of nine 7.5-metre-high, symmetrically arranged columns: columns that bear the sky. Covered with golden mosaic, the installation offers a fascinating play of light by day and night, reflecting the sun and the moon over Venice.
For Heinz Mack, “the column represents man standing upright – with dignity – in space”. Forming a direct link between earth and sky, the column is the earliest and most fundamental element in the history of architecture. In times long past, when single stones were placed or trees were planted on a particular hill in an open landscape, they often marked a meeting point. They were landmarks that represented the entire surrounding area by creating a focal point in one spot.
The golden mosaic covering the columns is made up of over 850,000 tesserae. An example of highly skilled local craftsmanship, the mosaic also represents the historical cultural relations between Orient and Occident that were nourished in Venice. The city’s most prominent, magnificent golden mosaic can be found just across the water in Saint Mark’s Basilica.
Heinz Mack ( b. 1931) has worked as a painter and sculptor for over sixty years. In 1957-58, he co-founded the group ZERO, which developed into an international movement with many fellow artists such as Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni. In 1970, along with three other German artists, Mack represented Germany at the 35th Venice Biennale. He has shown his work in nearly 300 solo exhibitions worldwide. Heinz Mack lives and works in Germany and Spain.
THE SKY OVER NINE COLUMNS is realized by Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf, and Sigifredo di Canossa. It is presented in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.
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