Emily Young Sculpture at the Venice Biennale 2024

Lost Mountain Head I, 2013, Pyroclastic Stone, 102cm,
at the Gardini della Marinaressa, Venice. Photo: Luke Kan.
Emily Young is exhibiting 6 stone sculptures for the duration of the Biennale. 'Lost Mountain Head I' a 1m high stone head carved from pyroclastic rock (above), can be seen at Giardini della Marinaressa.



'Since I started working with stone, over forty years ago (wild stone as compared with quarried, six sided blocks) the pieces have increasingly become translators of human consciousness: the two entities, raw matter and human consciousness form a marriage that speaks potently of the drama of human frailty. We have disowned our Earth Mother, and the deep physical history that gave us our lives. I carved the Lost Mountain Head piece (from some two tons of complex stone from the local mountain) some ten years ago to protest the spreading destruction of said mountain, Monte Amiata in Southern Tuscany, by way of geo-thermal projects. I like to show our profound connection to the Earth, by leaving untouched the natural signs of the life of the ancient stone, and at the same moment showing the human compassion we can have, in the sight of our better natures, as opposed to our interior fools.'
– Emily Young, Santa Croce, 2024

Photos: Stephanie Bird
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Venice Biennale - exhibition details:
European Cultural Centre - Giardini della Marinaressa, Riva dei Sette Martiri, Castello, Venice.
Young’s monumental stone carving, Lost Mountain Head I will be on view from 20th of April to 30th September, gardens are open every day from 07.00 to 20.30, 1st of October to the 24th November, gardens are open every day from 08.00 to 18.30. Free entry. 
European Cultural Centre - Palazzo Mora. 2nd Floor. Room 214, Strada Nova 3659, Cannaregio, Venice.
5 stone sculptures by Young will be on view from 20th April - 24 November, open every day except Tuesdays from 10.00 to 18.00. Free entry.