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Very Hungry God

This 1000 kilo sculpture by Indian artist Subodh Gupta, floating outside the Palazzo Grassi on the Grand Canal, was apparently quite the hit during the Venice Biennale.

Made of stainless steel pots, pans and utensils, it was originally created for the 2006 Nuit Blanche festival in Paris. Why kitchenware? On the Saatchi Gallery blog, Gupta explains:

“I made the work in response to the stories I read in the news about how soup kitchens in Paris were serving food with pork so that Muslims would not eat it. It was a strange and twisted form of charity that did not continue for long but raised conflicting ideas of giving and the way we have become now.”

Very Hungry God, originally uploaded by pirano.

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