‘Nightmare’ hand statue resembling Donald Trump looms over New Zealand city

A giant hand which has been described as a “Lovecraftian nightmare come to life” has been lifted into place atop Wellington’s City Gallery in New Zealand.


Even worse for “haters” of this artwork is that the face bares a striking resemblance to US President Donald Trump, though lacking the hair!


Ronnie van Hout’s “Quasi” installation was carried by helicopter to its new home on Monday overlooking the city’s civic centre.

The artwork, which was created in 2016, originally stood on top of the Christchurch Art Gallery. It is on loan to Wellington, where it will stand for the next three to four years.

The operation has cost NZ$74,000, which includes transportation, designing the hoist, and “Wellington-proofing” the hand against the local elements, Stuff news website reports.

The relocation of the five-metre tall (16 feet) sculpture, which weighs 400kg (880 pounds), has stirred up a mixture of revulsion and civic pride in New Zealand’s capital.



The artwork is named Quasi after Quasimodo, the titular character in French author Victor Hugo’s 1831 book The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Mr van Hout says the piece was named after the book’s bell-ringer because “it’s a human form that’s not quite human as well. The idea of something that resembles a human but is not quite human”.

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