Does the giant hand sculpture in Wellington, New Zealand look like Donald Trump? Some people on the internet seem to think so.
The sculpture, which is called “Quasi” and was made by New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout, was installed on the roof of City Gallery Wellington on Monday, August 19 — and many have called it disturbing, if not flat out eerie.
The hand has a face, and has been described by the gallery as a “partial self-portrait,” not to mention a “hybrid face hand,” according to CNN travel. But does the giant hand look like Trump?
Via City Gallery, a bio of Hout argues that the face is based on scans of Hout’s face, not Trump. The bio reads,
“Ronnie van Hout was born in Christchurch, but now lives in Melbourne. His work explores the freak, the outsider, the reject. His public sculpture Quasi is a partial self-portrait. The giant hybrid face-hand is based on scans of the artist’s own body parts. It’s as if ‘the hand of the artist’ has developed a monstrous life of its own.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Does Quasi the Hand Look Like Trump?
“Was Trump the model for this ‘hand’?”, one user tweeted.
“It looks like Trump’s face on the hand!!!”, another wrote.
Here’s a close-up of the hand:
And here’s a close up of Trump:
Though Hout has not given a public statement on his “Quasi” masterpiece, there’s no reason to believe his artwork is intentionally connected to the president.
Accordidng to City Gallery’s description of the sculpture,
“Quasi was created in 2016 to grace the roof of Christchurch Art Gallery following the 2011 earthquake. No longer required, it will haunt City Gallery’s roof this season, presiding over a Civic Square largely abandoned in the wake of our own 2016 quake.
There’s something wrong. ‘Quasi’ means ‘apparently, but not really’, ‘pseudo’, ‘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 was hated by the people but ultimately saved them. Despite his ugliness, he turned out to be a great tragic-romantic hero—a beautiful soul.”
Still, many can’t help but notice what they believe to be an uncanny similarity between the detached hand and Trump. One user wrote, “This piece of ‘art’ on top of New Zealand’s museum looks like Trump to me. Maybe he’s searching for another country to purchase??”
Another wrote, “Honestly, when I first saw a picture of it, I thought it was someone’s attempt to Photoshop Trump’s [peach emoji] face onto a giant hand making that OK white power symbol. Thought it was a joke. Then, I looked more closely at the fingers & face. I think I’m more horrified that. . .it isn’t.”