Watch: A humongous wooden violin rides along gondolas in Venice

A beautiful wooden violin couldn't blend in with the gondolas in Venice's Grand Canal on Saturday, even if it tried. As it floated down a canal, its passengers — a live string quartet — played music by Vivaldi while onlookers watched in awe.

The cruising instrument, "Noah's Violin," was created by artist Livio De Marchi, as a way of "bringing a message of hope," according to NPR. De Marchi is known in Venice for his surreal boats, including his whimsical wooden water Ferrari (see second video below).