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Lampedusa at the 56th Venice Biennale

Lampedusa is a floating installation to be launched during the 56th Venice Biennale. For this public artwork, Vik Muniz employs his traditional use of unlikely materials and scale manipulation to generate wonder from predictability. Contextualized in the naval environment of Venice, Lampedusa is an effigy of a paper boat built to scale of one of the town’s traditional vaporettos. Boats of all kinds are a common sight in Venice but a forty-five feet paper boat will certainly disrupt the viewers’ impression of being part of a postcard.