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Venice strikes gold

Heinz Mack unveils sculpture for Architecture Biennale

The veteran German artist Heinz Mack, aged 83, will unveil a new sculpture for the Venice Architecture Biennale (3 June-23 November) next month. The Sky Over Nine Columns (rendering, right) consists of nine symmetrical columns, each around seven metres high and covered in gold mosaic. Gold, the artist says, represents “the most abstract possibility of the sublime”. The columns, which are decorated with more than 800,000 tesserae, will reflect the Venetian skyline and will be ­mirrored in the water surrounding the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. They represent “man standing upright—with dignity—in space”, says Mack, who co-founded the Zero movement with Otto Piene in 1957.

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