By: Sloane Hughes
Art is subjective, and that ‘s what makes it so great. Two people can look at a work of art and see completely different things, which is pretty magical. However, it ‘s subjectivity is also what causes people to raise their eyebrow and walk away saying, “I didn ‘t get that at all, ‘ or, “what was the artist trying to say? ‘ or, more commonly, “what the fuck. ‘ Listen, I went to a fine arts university, I saw everything ranging from a single crumpled up juice box on a pedestal to a grad student rolling around in a circle on the floor for an hour as their thesis project. So I get it ‘ sometimes art is just straight up weird. But if it ‘s in a gallery or in your own home or in art school, then that ‘s fine! Those are spaces where if you want to get crazy, you can absolutely go to town.
It ‘s a little different when it ‘s in public.
Public art is important, it ‘s culturally enriching, it can bring communities together, and it can improve your mood on a boring commute to work. Public art can also confuse and terrify everyone, as people in Wellington, New Zealand have learned.
The newest public art installation in Wellington is a giant hand.
With a face.
On top of a building.
Give a big hand for Wellington's newest resident.
Quasi, designed by artist Ronnie Van Hout, has been standing on Christchurch City Gallery since 2016 but will now call the City Gallery Wellington roof his new home pic.twitter.com/beNCqkbBv6
‘ Wellington NZ (@Wellington_NZ) August 19, 2019
GAZE UPON THE SENTIENT HAND AND TREMBLE
The artist, Ronnie van Hout, named this piece Quasi and described it as a “hybrid face-hand ‘ ‘ which is the laziest description I can possibly fathom for this looming nightmare.
I just imagine that conversation like…
“What can you tell us about your latest installation? ‘
“It ‘s a face-hand ‘
THANK YOU FOR THAT DETAIL, WE ‘D COMPLETELY OVERLOOKED THE FACT THAT IT ‘S A GIANT HAND WITH A FACE. B R I L L I A N T.
Residents of Wellington don ‘t seem to be in favor of Quasi ‘s presence, which is weird… it ‘s almost like no one wants to feel the constant burning stare of a giant, ominous disembodied hand with a human face.
The important thing to remember is that it ‘s just a statue and it can ‘t actually hurt you.
But just to be on the safe side, you should probably never turn your back to it and leave it regular offerings.
excuse me wellington
WHAT IN THE FUCK IS THIS NIGHTMARE pic.twitter.com/UbFQaFCLPk
‘ ??calliope?? paxwest (@callioperyder) August 19, 2019
‘ Melissa Rose (@Melzyrose90) August 19, 2019
Looks like Wellington local body elections will be decided by who has the best plan for appeasing the cruel will of the hand.
‘ Dan Knox (@knoxdani) August 19, 2019
Is your child texting about Wellington?
LOL: laugh out loud
TBH: to be honest
THE HAND: all hail our overlord and supreme ruler
‘ Naly_D (@Naly_D) August 19, 2019
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