Well, what would you think if you found this on your roof?

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Well, what would you think if you found this on your roof?

Not all public art is appreciated by a town’s citizens

Tymon Smith

In 2016 after an earthquake in Wellington, New Zealand, the city’s Civic Square was badly damaged and the morale of citizens was low. Now thanks to the recent installation of a sculpture described by its maker, Melbourne-based, New Zealand-born artist Ronnie van Hout as a “partial self-portrait”, morale is even lower.

That’s because the sculpture, a 5m-tall rendering of a disembodied hand with a disapproving look on its face, is terrifying the hell out of Wellington residents. Originally created to sit in Van Hout’s hometown of Christchurch, which was devastated by an earthquake in 2011, the sculpture, titled Quasi, has now arrived in Wellington to sit atop the city’s contemporary art gallery for the next three years.

Its title is a reference to Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame in Victor Hugo’s famous novel.  According to the gallery’s website, while some think it looks like Donald Trump, that’s just a coincidence because the “the giant hybrid face-hand is based on scans of the artist’s own body parts”. ..

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