a massive floating violin created by sculptor livio de marchi has made incredible scenes in venice, italy. called ‘noah’s violin’, the project marks the latest creation of the venetian sculptor who’s known for his floating wooden artworks, some of which include a paper hat, a high-heeled shoe, and a ferrari F50. noah’s violin made its maiden voyage in venice last week with an accompanying performance by cellist tiziana gasparotto.

giant floating violin makes its maiden voyage in venice

image by mieko ban (main video courtesy of la nuova di venezia e mestre)

 

 

noah’s violin was first conceptualized by de marchi during the coronavirus lockdown in italy last year. the giant artwork hopes to spread a message of rebirth from venice to the world. designed in four sections to enable easy assembly and transportation, the violin is also planned to literally travel the world. as noah put the animals on board the ark to save them, we will spread art through music on this violin’,  says the sculptor. 

giant floating violin makes its maiden voyage in venice

image by mieko ban

 

 

the supersized instrument measures approximately 12 meters long and 4 meters wide. using six different qualities of wood, de marchi has crafted remarkable details including the scroll at the top and the chin rest at the bottom.

giant floating violin makes its maiden voyage in venice

image by mieko ban

 

 

noah’s violin will be officially launched on saturday morning, september 18th, 2021. the launch ceremony will also feature young musicians performing vivaldi’s works. the project was realized by de marchi alongside the team at consorzio venezia sviluppo on the island of giudecca in venice.

giant floating violin makes its maiden voyage in venice

image by mieko ban

floating violin livio de marchi venice

image courtesy of gallery livio de marchi

giant floating violin makes its maiden voyage in venice

image by mieko ban

giant floating violin makes its maiden voyage in venice

image by mieko ban

floating violin livio de marchi venice

image courtesy of gallery livio de marchi

floating violin livio de marchi venice

image courtesy of gallery livio de marchi

giant floating violin makes its maiden voyage in venice

image by mieko ban

giant floating violin makes its maiden voyage in venice

image by mieko ban

giant floating violin makes its maiden voyage in venice

image by mieko ban

 

 

project info:

 

name: noah’s violin

sculptor: livio de marchi

collaborators: consorzio venezia sviluppo, pitteri michele, mario bullo, denis and massimo chia, leone zannovello with nicola lotto and ugo carmeni, de marchi mattia, alilaguna