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Incredible Bronze Hand Sculptures by Bruce Nauman


Fifteen Pairs of Hands is a sculptural installation by artist Bruce Nauman featuring 15 white bronze sculptures of dismembered hands frozen in various positions. Each piece is presented atop its own steel base coated in white paint as a set of disembodied hands interacting with one another. Nauman's fascination with hands and the various forms they can take on is evident through the installation as each pair performs unique gestures.

In some instances, the team of hands seem to mirror each other while, at other times, the figures in each pair are creating their own shapes to complement each other. They're either working in unison to produce distinct configurations or surreally extending from their wrists in opposite directions. The result is a collection of figurative sculptures that seem almost abstract.

There is also an unspoken association between Nauman's bronze hands and the practice of communicating with hands. Even without audible language, Nauman displays the different gestures one could communicate simply with their hands.

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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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