There is a special place in the beating heart of the internet for a creepy sculpture or mascot.
Remember Gritty? Or the Partick Thistle FC soccer mascot that looked like a terrifying Lisa Simpson? Instant viral fame, for both of them.
And it looks like a giant hand sculpture that got airlifted onto the roof of a gallery in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday is about to go the same way.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No—Quasi has landed! This morning, Ronnie van Hout’s Quasi was installed on our roof. Quasi is a joint project with Wellington Sculpture Trust, with support from Wellington City Council, Wellington Community Trust, and Richard Burrell. pic.twitter.com/9MaHc9gB71
— CityGalleryWgtn (@CityGalleryWgtn) August 18, 2019
The sculpture, which somewhat resembles an oversized version of Thing from The Addams Family, is called “Quasi”, and it was made by artist Ronnie van Hout. It previously resided in Christchurch, but now it has a new home.
We gotta hand it to @CityGalleryWgtn, they picked the perfect day to install Quasi.
The five metre tall hand-face sculpture by artist Ronnie van Hout has arrived from Christchurch and is now perching on the roof of the gallery.
Be sure to give him a wave next time you visit 👋 pic.twitter.com/ksmHiEwEtP
— Wellington City Council (@WgtnCC) August 18, 2019
Let’s go in for a terrifying close-up.
As you can probably imagine, the reactions to Quasi were… mixed.
i saw that stupid thing on the way to work this morning at like 6am on the grass by the nearby rugby statue
i had to triple take and i still wasn’t sure if i was awake
— hewk (@voidedsugar) August 19, 2019
Literally just moved to Wellington from Chch. I feel like it’s haunting me
— Holly Diepraam (@hollyhosh) August 19, 2019
Still, Quasi did have some defenders.
I have decided
— Jem Toothman (@1suspiciousbird) August 19, 2019
i love and respect the large hand
— henry cooke (@henrycooke) August 19, 2019
If people know what’s good for them then they, too, will love and respect the large hand. Who knows what Quasi does after sundown, whether it climbs down from its lofty perch and stalks Wellington, looking for small animals to ingest, or perhaps it’s just looking for another hand to hold.
Either way, it would be unwise to anger it.