There an eye-catching new sculpture of a giant hand — with a face on it — in Wellington, New Zealand, and it’s receiving mixed reviews. 

The work, called “Quasi,” is by Ronnie Van Hout of Melbourne, Australia, and was made in 2016 to sit atop the Christchurch Art Gallery after a 2011 earthquake. On Sunday, it made its debut on City Gallery Wellington’s roof, and it will stay there for up to three years.

The meaning of the piece lies in the name itself; “Quasi means ‘apparently, but not really,’ ‘pseudo,”https://www.usatoday.com/” ‘fake.’ It’s also a nod to Quasimodo, the deformed bellringer in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.’ Misshapen and misunderstood, he turned out to be a great tragic-romantic hero—a beautiful soul,” according to a description on the City Gallery Wellington’s website.





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