|Golden Tower in Campo San Vio|
The 65 ft tower is the work of James Lee Byars, who was born in Michigan in 1932 and died in Egypt in 1979. I have yet to find out how this piece made its way to Venice this year, so long after the creator's death, but I imagine a foundation was involved.
When my painter's group sat at the foot of this tower to sketch the palazzos on the Grand Canal, the tower was encased in scaffolding since it had just been constructed. The following week, when I and my non-painting group floated down a side canal in a gondola, we witnessed the piece, fully exposed! It is gilded in gold as a nod to the golden gilding that Venice has been noted for throughout the ages. Just breathtaking!
Carrie Waller will do a workshop for us in the Charleston area (July 28-29). Details HERE...come to Charleston!
My Montreal (Canada) workshop (Aug 9-16) is still open for registration. Montreal is my home town. Let me she Her to you! (details HERE).
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