+$If you rock up to Wellington City Gallery in New Zealand, you'll see a five-metre tall sculpture of a hand with a human face on it staring down at you. The creepy installation, called Quasi, is scheduled to remain on top of the contemporary art gallery as part of a three-year residency.
+$Modern art galleries are no strangers to实验设计+$, but this creation by Melbourne-based New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout has confused and alarmed onlookers.
+$It features a huge hybrid of a hand and a face that, despite its+$apparent Resemblance+$to US president Donald Trump, is not meant to depict him. Instead, the sculpture are based on scans of the artist's own body parts. According to the+$Wellington City Gallery's website+$: "It's as if 'the hand of the artist' has developed a monstrous life of its own."
+$Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No—Quasi has landed! This morning, Ronnie van Hout’s Quasi was installed on our roof. Quasi is a joint project with Wellington Sculpture Trust, with support from Wellington City Council, Wellington Community Trust, and Richard Burrell. pic.twitter.com/9MaHc9gB71+$August 18, 2019
+$Quasi, which is a nod to Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was first displayed on the roof of Christchurch Art Gallery in 2016, following the region's 2011 earthquake.
+$The installation was recently flown in via helicopter, and understandably attracted a lot of attention.
+$nice to see wellington getting on board with the hating of public art again today, Ronnie Van Hout's giant hand actually amazing and you're all wrong pic.twitter.com/D8OfrZtPea+$August 19, 2019
+$excuse me wellingtonWHAT IN THE FUCK IS THIS NIGHTMARE pic.twitter.com/UbFQaFCLPk+$August 19, 2019
+$It's also sparked a bit of a turf war between Wellington and Christchurch. Even though Quasi is a controversial piece of art – Christchurch art critic Warren Feeney petitioned for its removal – it seems that residents of the area are sad to see it go.
+$So the hand with the face is no longer in Christchurch and honestly I will miss it, but now Wellington can feel the sheer terror that thing brings. #quasi+$August 19, 2019
+$give him back he was ours the gross hand belongs to christchurch+$August 19, 2019
+$Perhaps this is the perfect reaction to the statue, though. As Wellington City Gallery explains, Quasimodo himself was misshapen, misunderstood, and hated by the people he ultimately saved.
+$"Despite his ugliness, he turned out to be a great tragic-romantic hero – a beautiful soul.
+$“It will haunt City Gallery’s roof this season, presiding over a Civic Square largely abandoned in the wake of our own 2016 quake,” the gallery added.