Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Venice Day 11: Islands & Art

Hopped on the boat over to Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore after lunch, having spent a pleasant morning on San Servolo with Mum so that she could have a look around there too.  I found out that the Museum of Madness was only open when part of a guided tour, and had to be booked in advance whilst being dependent on guide being available, so I will probably not get around to doing it this time.

On San Giorgio I was able to check the Marc Quinn inflatable version of 'Alison Lapper Pregnant' close up, having not realised before that it was indeed inflatable until a friend asked me via email if I had seen it yet.  I still don't care for it a great deal but have to admit that it is very clever, made up of many sections, and it must have been quite a challenge to create a huge inflatable model in such detail.

Along the north side of the island there were several large shells, cast in metal, which afforded fascinating and beautiful reflections upon their shiny surfaces.  Enjoyed taking photos of these with iPad and Nikon, to be later processed in monochrome. 

Another part of the Biennale was this installation set in a deliciously cool tunnel, all to do with snowflakes.  

Also checked out this exhibition entitled 'Fragile?' which only featured items made from glass.

Following all this culture I caught a boat down to Nico's on the Zattere for an ice cream and some sparkling water, and then another boat back to Paradiso, Giardini for spritz in the sun :)