Barefoot string quartet—floating on a giant violin—performs Vivaldi in Venice

What an incredible project! I came across this giant violin-boat while scrolling through TikTok and had to know more. This is what I learned, via Reuters:

Music lovers in Venice were treated to a string quartet playing onboard a large violin-shaped boat as it motored slowly along one of the city's famous canals. The boat – built as a tribute to COVID-19 victims – was launched Saturday, September 18, after undergoing trials last month. The musicians performed works by Vivaldi, the city's most famous musical son, on the 12-meter by four-meter craft named the 'Violin of Noah'. It was built by artist and woodcarver Livio De Marchi during the pandemic to symbolize the rebirth of the iconic city following the ravages of the pandemic.

The artist, Livio De Marchi, has created many wooden sculptures and is known as the "carpenter of Venice."

screenshot via VOA News/YT