Hands of Man

Hands of Man Public Artwork

Hands of Man is a work of public art conceived by L. William Zahner, as a gift to The Salvation Army in Kansas City. The artwork was produced by tracing the hands of Salvation Army employees. These hands drawings were scanned and cut in copper, using Zahner's art fabrication facility.

After using machinery to cut-out the several hundred copper hands, these parts were delivered to L. William Zahner's studio, where he hammered the copper hands to give them form and texture. The hands were then welded and sculpted to form a large-scale sculpture of a hand.

Mr. Zahner then used his own patination techniques to give the surface a mottled Star Blue™ Patina on the surface of the metal before having the sculpture delivered to the Salvation Army Headquarters, based only a few blocks from the Zahner Campus.

The Hands of Man sculpture is a good example of how an artist can use the Zahner Company's Public Art Fabrication service to help build a sculpture. The Public Art Fabrication service is typically is used to completely engineer, fabricate, deliver, and install public art, but in cases such as the Hands of Man, Zahner's service was only used to scan and fabricate the parts, because the artist wanted his own hands to create the form. The parts were delivered to his studio, and then after he built the sculpture, Zahner Company delivered the finished work to the Salvation Army.

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