“A smooth and black monster, big snake-bodied and horse-headed. It’s the awful vision that could appear to anyone looking from Punta della Dogana. According to the legend, a dreadful creature, similar to a huge sea snake, hides in a hollow beneath this place, surely one of the most panoramic and evocative locations in Venice.

The black water monster, so it is known, is said to appear very rarely only in full moon nights, when the wind ripples water and makes moving forms indistinguishable… The name “black waters’ monster” seems to come from its preference to come out when the basin water is very dark with no moonshine.”

(taken from “I segreti del Canal Grande” by Alberto Toso Fei)

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The birth


The lagoon monster is a magical creature based on venetian legend which has taken concrete form through the combined action of positive and pro-active forces: architects, designers, craft workers and master glassmakers have all become involved in an extraordinary venture, in a search for a new form of expression to create communication and interaction between two ancient, opposite materials: water and glass. The Result is a marine creature whose form and essence are inspired by its place of origin – the Venice Lagoon – as depicted in his book by Alberto Toso Fei, a traveller, journalist and expert on Venetian history.

Designed by Architect Simona Marta Favrin, made of a stainless steel skeleton and it be coated by a skin of Murano glass scales created by the Glassmaker Nicola Moretti, with the supervision of Gianluca Orazio.

The lagoon monster is a magic creature, exhibited in its natural environment, namely water.

It is exhibited in its natural setting: water.

It’s 6,5 m long and 115 cm large, with a maximum height by 110 cm, immersed in a pool. A complex and Innovative technological system supported by automation, designed and developed by Forme d’Acqua, water and white LEDs lighting at different temperatures, make the creature alive and pulsating.

Featuring an exclusive technological soul that lives through a pulsing heart and breathing in water, the lagoon monster live its own life, hanging halfway between earth, air and sea.

The lagoon monster has a stainless steel skeleton moulded patiently by skilled smiths and be covered with a skin of Murano glass scales made by the master Nicola Moretti using the ancient “Vetro Murrino” technique, which he has expertly and proficiently reworked and brought up to date.

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Edited by Gabriella Belli e Chiara Squarcina
6 October 2016– 8 January 2017
Murano Glass Museum

After the February 2011 preview at the Tenuta Agricola di Cavallino Treporti, Venice, with an exhibition that attracted 1700 visitors upon invitation in 12 hours, “the lagoon monster” has reemerged from Punta della Dogana, in Venice, in the charming location Magazzini del Sale, in conjunction with the 54th Art Biennale.

Then it has been exposed in the beautiful setting of Art Museum of Ravenna, at the International Mosaics Festival. In Spring 2012 the monster was hosted in the magic city, Istanbul, in the magical atmosphere of the Yerebatan Cistern, the Underground Cistern that was constructed at the time of Byzantine Empire in order to meet the water needs of the city.

After the exposition to Bologna, in September 2013, to Milano in November 2014 and in the summer of 2016 at the Villa dei Vescovi – FAI, the Lagoon Monster will re-emerge at the exhibition “Murano Oggi “, edited by Gabriella Belli and Chiara Squarcina, hosted in the cradle of artistic glass: the Glass Museum of Murano, from October 6, 2016 to January 8, 2017.


Project specifications

dimensions: 6500 x 1150 x H1100 mm
structure: AISI 316 stainless steel
coating: 191 glass scales handmade and branded Vetro Artistico ® Murano
total area: 8.2 square meters
back-lighting system: low voltage lighting system
with LED strip 14.4W / m 3000 ° K 24V IP68
hydraulic system: OASE Varionaut 150 24V IP68 pumps
technology: My Fountain app by Forme d’Acqua for the complete management and monitoring of the work and for remote control
total weight of the work: 250 kg
habitat: water POOL of 8000 x 3500 x H120 mm
year of construction: 2011


The long journey of monster

Le tappe

10 September

Milan 2022

The monster of the lagoon back in Milan for the Italian Glass Weeks, the event dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of industrial and artistic glass. 10 to 18 September…

Milan 2021

The lagoon monster returns and is the artistic installation protagonist of VISION – Milan Glass Week: 5- 8 October, 2021 Piazza Gae Aulenti – Milan Read more on our blog..

The exhibition “MURANO OGGI”

The lagoon monster back into the waters from which it is born and re-emerges in the artistic glass cradle: the Glass Museum of Murano, host of the exhibition : “MURANO…

“GLASS. Arte del vetro oggi”

The Lagoon Monster emerged at the exhibition “Glass – Arte del vetro oggi”, edited by Jean Blanchaert. May 24 the work has reemerged in Luvigliano di Torreglia, Padua: his voice…

Villa Necchi FAI, Milano

November 27, 2014 – January 6 2015 “L’arte del vetro oggi in Italia” edited by Jean Blanchaert Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan Read more on our blog…

Bologna Water Design

From 23 to 28 September 2013, the work has re-emerged at the Bologna Water Design, his voice was echoing in the historic walls of the ex-Hospital Bastardini. 23 – 28…

The lagoon monster in Istanbul

Thousands of visitors were able to admire the work in one of the most fascinating and mysterious places in Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı), a place that seems to…


In autumn 2011 the monster was exposed in the in the beautiful setting of the Museo di Arte della città di Ravenna, at the International Mosaics Festival. MAR – Art…


5 June – 30 September 2011 Magazzini del Sale Fondamenta delle Zattere, Dorsoduro , Venice Read more on our blog…

Cavallino Treporti – Venice

The presentation of this creature required a specific context, unique in its kind in this area, where the raw flavour of industrial archaeology meets the charm of the modern. That…


We fell in love with this job: realizing unique artworks, able to touch the public. This give us the chance to grow up together is this eternal pursuit of beauty. If you like beautiful and well done design objects and want to explore the potentiality of water features, come to see us.