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Floating nativity

A group of 60 plywood nativity figures floats in an open stretch of water in Venice’s lagoon, with a church as a festive backdrop.

Painted by local greengrocer Francesco Orazio, the figures have been planted on wooden stakes. Their feet emerging for just a couple of hours a day when the tide ebbs, Joseph, Mary, the ox and the donkey surround Baby Jesus under a hut, as a wise king approaches. Shepherds, animals and other characters can be seen nearby as small boats sail a short distance away.

For a couple of hours a day”, Orazio told local newspaper La Nuova Venezia, “the feet of the statues are exactly level with the water.

The Nativity scene will remain in place for the duration of the Christmas season.