The Sky Over Nine Columns
Hosting the 14th International Architecture Biennale, titled Fundamentals, Venice now offers even more photographic occasions. Beyond the exposition itself, various installations are placed around the city, producing both a dialogue and a contrast between the art works and the surrounding environment. As did “Boy with Frog” by Charles Ray until 2013, now it is “The Sky Over Nine Columns” by Heinz Mack playing this role. Nine columns, seven meters high and covered with a golden mosaic, stand in front of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. They represent both a manifestation of the human being, standing upright, and a solid connection between the ground and the sky, but also an homage to the ancient local craftsmanship, with the golden mosaic. And of course they add some temporary eccentricity to the venetian skyline.
Location: San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.
What to shot: San Giorgio Maggiore itself deserves more than a picture, with its tiny harbor, a renaissance church, a Benedictine monastery, but it also offers from its “piazzetta” a good vantage point towards Venice, in particular St. Mark’s Square and the lagoon across.
Ideal time to shot: I prefer to be at San Giorgio at sunset, when the light illuminates the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Campanile sideways.
Gear: From wide angles to teles.
How to get there: Public transport water bus stations S. Giorgio (line 2).
Coordinates: 45°25′45″N 12°20′35″E