Locals Freak Out After 'Terrifying' Hand Appears Over Art Gallery in New Zealand

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Inhabitants of New Zealand's Wellington woke up to the scary sight of a terrifying hand gazing at them from atop an art gallery with many being unsure of how they actually felt about it.

The artwork, titled 'Quasi' which has been named after the popular character from Victor Hugo's 1931 iconic book 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', Quasimodo, was originally made in 2016 and was designed by Melbourne-based artist Ronnie van Hout, revealed an Indian Express report.

Notably, the 16-feet tall sculpture of the hand with a face was flown in from the South Island and has since its installation left many feeling weary.

The original home of Quasi was Christchurch, New Zealand following the devastating earthquake of 2011 and is on loan to Wellington, where it will remain perched on the Wellington City Gallery for the next three to four years, according to BBC News.

According to a report by The Guardian, the giant outdoor installation was made using scans of the artist’s own body parts with van Hout describing the piece as a “partial self-portrait.”

Needless to say, the artwork has received a wide range of response from social media with many calling it 'nightmarish' or 'hideous'. However, there were those who thought it was funny as well.

Here's what they wrote:

The 400kg artwork was made using polystyrene and resin and was installed atop the City Gallery in Wellington on Monday by a helicopter.