With a gigantic golden mosaic consisting of around 80 LED screen modules creating golden flowing light streams, the Italian video pioneer once again provides St. Mark's Square with a real highlight. Only in September, with his spectacular installation ‘L'età dell'oro’ (The Golden Age), he illuminated the windows of Museo Correr with digital golden waterfalls.


Visible like a huge beacon fire, placed between the two columns at Piazzetta San Marco, since 4 December this new free standing video installation has been illuminating the famous square in the heart of Venice with a warm golden light. It is the first free standing video sculpture on St. Mark's Square ever. As even the Venetian Plessi, in view of the conditions of use of the square, always used the facades for his previous video installations, without obstructing the view of St. Mark's Square with its magnificent buildings.


With its form, this three-dimensional staging of video and LED monitors is reminiscent of a Christmas tree – a symbol of the Tree of Life, which stands for strength, growth and renewal. Once again, the artistic realisation of his idea is no less impressive than its inherent symbolic meaning. Thus, in this special year Fabrizio Plessi is giving the Venetians a festive lighting with a positive radiance that symbolises hope and optimism.




The installation is a project sponsored by the City of Venice and Vela Spa in partnership with Assicurazioni Generali as part of the exhibition ‘Le Città in Festa - Natale 2020’ and can be seen from 4 December 2020 to 6 January 2021.

Available works of the artist

Fabrizio Plessi, Digital Wall, 2015
Fabrizio Plessi, Digital Wall, 2015
Fabrizio Plessi, Digital Wall, 2016
Fabrizio Plessi, Digital Wall, 2016
Fabrizio Plessi, Segare il Lago Stichter in due parti uguali (Sawing Lake Stichter in two equal parts), Action, 1975
Fabrizio Plessi, Analogy Experimental Intervention / Water Works Series 1, 1974
Fabrizio Plessi, Experimental Analogy / Water Works Series, 1974
Fabrizio Plessi, Un Buco Nell' Acqua (A Hole in the Water), Action, 1973
Fabrizio Plessi, 100 Pezzi D'Acqua (100 Pieces of Water), Action, 1973
Fabrizio Plessi, Gabbie D'Acqua, 1972
Fabrizio Plessi, Gabbie D'Acqua, 1972

Past exhibitions at Beck & Eggeling

Selected Publications of the Artist

Fabrizio Plessi. Utopia liquida

Fabrizio Plessi. Utopia liquida

  • Artist: Fabrizio Plessi
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: David Galloway, Marco Meneguzzo
    Design: Beck & Eggeling (Antonia Eggeling)
  • Italian, English, German
    Hardcover, 24 x 28 cm
    112 pages, 122 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2017
    ISBN 978-3-94606310-0
  • 28 €
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