Installation: Putting Bread into Outstretched Hands

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Artist Than Htay Maung was working as a baker to support his family when he began thinking about the outstretched hands of victims of a cyclone in his native Burma.  The artist in him saw a way to do something with the bread he made every day, culminating in this installation at Pittsburgh’s The Mattress Factory.  See more on the video, below.

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The 300 cast plaster hands — from the artist’s wife and others— each hold a round loaf of golden-crusted bread.

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The installation for the seven-month exhibition in 2012 was painstaking work.  See more on Than Htay Maung’s Facebook, here. He and his family moved to the United States after the 2008 cyclone.

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