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The installation of “Hand of God” on Park Lane forms part of Lorenzo Quinn’s worldwide public art programme in association with Halcyon Gallery, and is exhibited as part of Westminster Council’s two year City of Sculpture Festival.

“Hand of God”, Lorenzo Quinn, Aluminium 140 x 385 x 155cm, Photo by Toby Melville, Reuters: Halcyon Gallery All rights reserved

According to Consuelo Císcar Casabán, Director at the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno: “Quinn’s Hand of God sculpture is a clear example of the relationship between the real and transcendental. It is about our ultimate search for a life of spirituality… His figures, and particularly his hands, are works that explore what is most human.”

This year, Quinn is enjoying enormous international success through his public art programme. The artist was recently invited by The State Hermitage Museum to exhibit “Hand of God” and a second work, “Leap of Faith”, as part of the innovative Hermitage 20/21 Project, supported by the UK Friends of the Hermitage. The symbolic sculptures were selected by Dr Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of The State Hermitage Museum, for exhibition until the end of September 2011.

“Hand of God”, Lorenzo Quinn, Photo by Chris Jackson, Getty Images: Halcyon Gallery All rights reserved

Earlier this year, Quinn was invited to exhibit at the 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, exhibiting “This is Not a Game”, a powerful two-stage installation at the Italian Pavilion and San Servolo Island, featuring a full-size Russian tank and life-size cast soldiers operated by giant human hands (see This Is Not a Game). Quinn was also selected to exhibit this summer at the first ever Rome Sculpture Biennale, an exhibition of outdoor sculpture by historic and contemporary international artists, where he showed “La Dolce Vita”.

In London, Quinn’s other public art includes “Force of Nature II”, which is currently on display in Berkeley Square in Mayfair, and “Vroom Vroom” which was installed on Park Lane in January for several months. Halcyon Gallery is currently showing a series of Quinn’s aluminium sculptures including “Reflections”, “Emotions”, “Chess Set”, “Luck” and “What Came First” at 24 Bruton Street.