Olaf Nicolai «Welcome to the Tears of St. Lawrence: An Appointment to Watch Falling Stars» 2005.


Olaf Nicolai, The Tears of St. Lawrence: An Appointment to Watch Falling Stars, Venice, 2005
The Tears of St. Lawrence: An Appointment to Watch Falling Stars, 2005
Venice Biannual Italy.

source: tba21.org

In the first half of August one can observe on the nightly starry sky the so-called Perseides, a rain of falling stars that has its origins in the constellation of 'Perseus'.
Because of the concentration of their appearance in the period between 8th and 13th of August one can see the Tears of St. Lawrence, named according to the day of the Holy Lawrence on August 10.
In the scopes of the Venice Biennale this event will be proclaimed as an exhibition contribution, titled Welcome to the Tears of St. Lawrence. The project will be featured in the Biennale catalogue and on posters, distributed in Venice, comprising scientific notation coordinates and dates for the observation as well as a photographic documentation of pervious falling stars.
This Appointment to Watch Falling Stars can be held at everywhere, where constellations in the ambit of the 'Perseides' can be observed in darkness. Welcome to the Tears of St.Laurentius can be considered as 'exhibition object', whose realization is independent from site and the occasion.

Welcome to the Tears of St. Lawrence» is a commission by
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, as a contribution to the 51st Biennale di Venezia.


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Leonid Meteor Shower.

Olaf Nicolai, The Tears of St. Lawrence: An Appointment to Watch Falling Stars, Venice, 2005
The Tears of St. Lawrence: An Appointment to Watch Falling Stars, 2005
Venice Biannual Italy.


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The Perseides Meteor Shower
The Perseides.

Titian, The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence: An Appointment to Watch Falling Stars, Venice, 2005
The painting The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence serendipitously hangs in Venice by the master painter of heavens, Titian, in 2005, a 'window' mirroring Olaf Nicholai's Tears of St. Lawrence.

St. Lawrence: While in prison awaiting execution Sixtus reassured Lawrence that he was not being left behind; they would be reunited in four days. Lawrence saw this time as an opportunity to disperse the material wealth of the church before the Roman authorities could lay their hands on it. On 10 August Lawrence was commanded to appear for his execution, and to bring along the treasure with which he had been entrusted by the pope. When he arrived, the archdeacon was accompanied by a multitude of Rome's crippled, blind, sick, and indigent. He announced that these were the true treasures of the Church. Martyr. from Lives of the Saints.

sources: gvarros.com, tiscali.de