Get us in your inbox


This photography exhibition of hands painted as animals will blow your mind

Will Gleason
Written by
Will Gleason

Guido Daniele is putting his hands up. Way up. 

The Italian artist is presenting his collection of astonishingly realistic hand paintings 70-stories up at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck now through January 25. The 24-photograph series depicts hands that Daniele has painted to resemble animals including a giraffe, turkey, dolphin, horse, elephant and eagle. It marks the first time the works have been shown in the US.

“I have been painting hands for nearly 15 years and have had the opportunity to travel, meet extraordinary people and exhibit my work in remarkable places,” Guido Daniele said in a statement. “But nothing could be more exhilarating than bringing my work to the United States and to exhibit at an iconic location like Top of the Rock, in the heart of New York City. 

Check out some of the photographs by Daniele (affectionately known as “Michael-handgelo”) below, then go see the full exhibition at Rockefeller Center. They may be enough distract you from that killer view. Or at least inspire you to take a trip to the Bronx Zoo.

Popular on Time Out

    Latest news