The Sky Over Nine Columns

The Sky Over Nine Columns - Heinz Mack
The Sky Over Nine Columns – Heinz Mack

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


44 thoughts on “The Sky Over Nine Columns

    1. Thank you Cee. I am really glad about it, and will of course try and do my best to partecipate to your forthcoming challenges. Thanks for all the Fun and the inspiration! 😉

  1. Lucky you, to be in Venice so regularly! My dream city —
    It is already quite eccentric, no? So it doesn’t exactly need more, but then again, it is a city given to excess!
    Lovely photo of a golden idea.

    1. Hi Touch2Touch, I’m really lucky because I was born in Venice! I wish you can visit my city again soon! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment! Ciao! 🙂

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! Generally I’m not into mixing old and new architecture, but sometimes the results are stunnigly interesting!

  3. I got a similar shot in Venice last week, Bruno, and was in Bled a few days earlier. Oh, and I took your advice and got the Ruyi of Venice book, too. We did a four hour adventure, and loved it. Wish we’d had time to do more. Thanks for the tip!

    1. Hi Jaspa!! I’m really happy you liked the Ruyi book, it’s great to visit Venice in a different way! I hope you enjoyed your time in Europe, I’ve seen some beautiful pictures on your blog and I’m looking forward to seeing some more! Ciao! 🙂

    1. Thank you Paul! It was an exposition of the Architecture Biennale 2014 and it was in Venice until the 23th of November! We will wait for the next Biennale to come! 🙂 🙂

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