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venice biennale 2015 chiharo shiota michael binkley sculpture

Red. This is the first impression when I entered the Japan pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015. The sculpture, "The Key in the Hand", 2015 is the solo artwork by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota.

Shiota's sculpture comprises thousands of tiny, rusty antique keys that are suspended from a complex array of red strings. They dangle above, droop down and almost consume old wooden fish boats that are mounted to appear lurching in rough seas. Thousands more keys spill out on the floor from under