The Key in the Hand might not give much context to the tangled wool installation people are presented with when entering the 2015 Venice Art Biennale's Japanese pavilion, but it will prime them to be intrigued. As though an abstract saying, it will help focus visitors' attention on what the art installation could mean.
Chaotic and bold, the art installation is a mess of tangled wool and keys. It was created by Chiharu Shiota, who wanted to reference the power of memory through this powerful visualization. The keys were collected from thousands of people around the world. The artist says, "Keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives."