When we arrived in Venice, we were in awe of the buildings and views along the waterfront as our ship was guided through the waterway to her berth. While our attention was drawn mostly to the starboard side of the ship so we could see San Marco Square and the apex of the Grand Canal, we were slightly distracted by a sculpture we couldn’t quite figure out on the port side just outside the church of San Giorgio Maggiore.
As our afternoon tour took us back down the main waterway towards Burano, we passed it again, but it wasn’t until we were on the way back to the ship that our guide addressed it. You see, this wasn’t a sculpture, but an inflatable replica of Marc Quinn’s marble statue of Alison Lapper displayed as part of an art exhibition at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini which runs through September 29, 2013.. Alison Lapper is an artist who was born with no arms, and in 2000, Quinn created this image of her at eight months pregnant. The inflatable version, titled Breath, has been a source of contention amongst Venezians since its installation along the waterfront.