Giant Hand Statue Terrifies New Zealand Locals

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Giant Hand Statue Terrifies New Zealand Locals

Bella Trimmer, Staff Writer

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On Monday, August 19th, residents of Wellington, New Zealand, were surprised by a sudden addition to the roof of the City Gallery Wellington, overlooking the capital’s Civic Square. More specifically, they were shocked by the presence of a statue that locals call “a Lovecraftian nightmare [that] has come to life”. 

The sculpture, named Quasi in reference to Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is described by its creator, Melbourne-born artist Ronnie van Hout, as a “partial self-portrait.” New Zealanders have mixed reactions regarding the statue. While most would agree that it’s terrifying and disturbing, some residents of Christchurch, the city where it was previously on display, remark that they actually would like the statue to be returned, saying “the gross hand belongs to Christchurch.”

Quasi is currently on loan to the Wellington Gallery, where it will most likely remain for three to four years. The transfer from the Christchurch Art Gallery to City Gallery Wellington reportedly cost $47,000 US, which included “transportation, designing the hoist, and ‘Wellington-proofing’ the hand against the local elements,” Stuff news website reports. Despite mixed opinions of the bizarre sculpture, it will certainly be there to stay in Wellington.

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