Atlas was the Titan warrior who led his people against the Olympian gods. The Titans lost the battle resulting in Atlas being condemned by Zeus to hold up the sky for eternity. Atlas was also the Titan god of astronomy and navigation, so there is a certain irony that he was required to ascend high enough to hold the sky on his shoulders.
The two squatting Atlases above Punta della Dogana wield a golden ball, whilst Fortuna, the goddess of good luck, balances atop, spinning in the wind.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 16 December 2017
Posted as part of Weekend in B&W