The Hand Of Man is an interactive sculpture like no other. It is comprised of a 26-foot (8 meter) long hydraulically-actuated human hand and forearm which is capable of picking up and crushing cars, and a “glove” device that controls it. Any movement in the “glove” controller is accurately reproduced in the large robotic Hand. Members of the public are invited to insert their own hands into the controller, and through the miracle of modern hydraulic technology, they are able to effortlessly lift, crush, and toss enormous objects such as cars. Years of experience have shown that using large hydraulic machines to smash things is really fun! But individual artists and heavy equipment operators shouldn’t be the only ones having such a good time; the Hand of Man democratizes the crushing power!!
This image of the Hand of Man, by Dwight Eschliman, was taken for the September 2009 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine. The Hand was awarded the Backyard Genius award for 2009.
This image was taken at the Hand’s debut, Burning Man 2008. Image by James Addison, AKA Extramatic.
The Hand of Man’s preferred food is old cars, which never seem to be in short supply. Here we see a young lady (in a bikini!) lifting and crushing a car at Coachella 2009.
Hand of Man performing at night, Coachella, 2009. Image by Jeff Clark.
The Hand of Man has been exhibited at:
- Burning Man Festival, Black Rock City, Nevada, August 2008
- Big Day Out Festival, Gold Coast, Australia, January 2009
- Big Day Out Festival, Sydney, Australia, January 2009
- Big Day Out Festival, Melbourne, Australia, January 2009
- Big Day Out Festival, Adelaide, Australia, January 2009
- Big Day Out Festival, Perth, Australia, January 2009
- Coachella Valley Music Festival, Indio, Califrnia, April 2009
- Stagecoach Festival, Indio, California, April 2009
- Maker Faire, San Mateo, California, May 2009
- Oakland Fire Arts Festival, Oakland, California, August 2009
- Mile High Music Festival, Denver, Colorado, August 2010
- Private party, Taos, New Mexico, July 2011
- City of Hope Cancer Hospital Fundraiser, LA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, June 2012