A five-metre tall sculpture of a hand with a face was flown in from the South Island via a helicopter and the sight left many people in the town and online talking about it.
Early morning handiwork pic.twitter.com/pXQNsME4im— Sue Orr (@SueMOrr) August 18, 2019
This creepy artwork is known as ‘Quasi’ and is named after Quasimodo, the popular character in Victor Hugo’s 1831 iconic book ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No—Quasi has landed! This morning, Ronnie van Hout’s Quasi was installed on our roof. Quasi is a joint project with Wellington Sculpture Trust, with support from Wellington City Council, Wellington Community Trust, and Richard Burrell. pic.twitter.com/9MaHc9gB71— CityGalleryWgtn (@CityGalleryWgtn) August 18, 2019
Check out the people’s reactions on it here:
Nothin makes me smile more than imagining all these Wellington people looking at that big hand and thinking "no, I will not smile, that is not where a face goes, this is the art capitol, only WOW not big hand"— Hamish Parkinson (@HungryPeachBoy) August 20, 2019
Wellington losing its collective mind about that sculpture is very weird for Christchurch folks right now. Ominous hand-people lurking atop buildings had soon become the "new normal" for us. pic.twitter.com/vt1kt7VFUk— Dr. Curiosity ???????? All the conferences, too busy ? (@DrCuriosity) August 20, 2019
Well... this is the sort of thing nightmares are made of. This giant, creepy face hand is at Civic Square in Wellington, New Zealand. #Quasi #CivicSquare #Wellington #NZ #NewZealand #nightmarefuel pic.twitter.com/fFrzwqurmB— Malissa Tormey (@MalissaTormey) August 20, 2019
Gotta give a hand to Wellington. We be bat shit crazy about weird art but we have our finger in the pulse.— Troy Hammond (@TroyHammo) August 19, 2019
We could have put a palm up on a building to seem tropical but we’ve come to grips with the fact the someone gave this the thumbs up!
Seriously, though. Sauron’s eye? ???? pic.twitter.com/PIzFZxOZnk
Looks like Wellington local body elections will be decided by who has the best plan for appeasing the cruel will of the hand.— Dan Knox (@knoxdani) August 19, 2019
nice to see wellington getting on board with the hating of public art again today, Ronnie Van Hout's giant hand actually amazing and you're all wrong pic.twitter.com/D8OfrZtPea— disasteradio 2 (@disasteradio) August 19, 2019
Seen in Civic square Wellington. Does anyone know what the heck this is? pic.twitter.com/tnYiQs5C5U— Dan (@dancrawfo) August 19, 2019
I have always liked the gross hand— T-Bone (@thmslcn) August 19, 2019
Not creepy AT ALL— Rosebud ???? (@ILuvDryHeat) August 19, 2019