The National Digest

Wellington’s Giant Hand Statue is Disturbing the Locals

Is it a face with a hand or a hand with a face?

Residents of Wellington, New Zealand may have been unnerved to see the latest addition to their cityscape, as a massive hand was installed on the roof of the City Gallery Wellington, overlooking the capital’s Civic Square, on Monday.

Created by New Zealand-born artist Ronnie van Hout, the sculpture, named “Quasi,” is described by the gallery as a “hybrid face-hand” and a “partial self-portrait” and is based on scans of the artist’s own body parts.

Naturally, not everyone was as enthusiastic.

One Twitter user described “Quasi” as “the ugliest and most disturbing” piece of art she had ever seen, while another suggested the hand had not come in peace.

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