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All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck.

Wellington Sculpture Trust and City Gallery Wellington present Ronnie van Hout’s Quasi
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No—it’s a giant hybrid face-hand. After almost three years perched atop Christchurch Art Gallery, Ronnie van Hout’s Quasi is relocating to the roof of City Gallery Wellington.

Initially commissioned by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in 2016, the public sculpture is a partial self-portrait of van Hout, and 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”, says City Gallery Chief Curator Robert Leonard.

After its stint in Christchurch, Quasi has received some much-needed TLC from van Hout, to prepare for the wild Wellington wind. The five-metre tall sculpture will soon be installed on City Gallery’s roof, presiding over the largely abandoned Te Ngākau Civic Square.

“When City Gallery was offered Quasi for their roof, the Trust leapt enthusiastically at the chance to help make it happen. Since then we have been working in partnership with the Gallery, and with the support of Wellington City Council, the Wellington Community Trust and former trustee, Richard Burrell. Now we’re ready to install the work”, says Wellington Sculpture Trust Chair Sue Elliott.

Ronnie van Hout was born in Christchurch, but now lives in Melbourne. ‘Quasi’ references Quasimodo, the bellringer in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Misshapen and misunderstood, he was hated by the people but turned out to be a great tragic-romantic hero—a beautiful soul. Will Wellingtonians grow to love this monster?

Final preparatory work is taking place and install day will depend on Wellington’s weather. Keep your eyes turned towards the skies in the coming weeks to catch a glance of Quasi.

Quasi is a joint project with Wellington Sculpture Trust and City Gallery Wellington, with support from Wellington City Council, Wellington Community Trust, and Richard Burrell.

Quasi
City Gallery Wellington, Te Ngākau Civic Square
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