The Hand, 1972


365.8 cm (H)

Olympia & York, Toronto, ON

A car accident in early 1967 left Etrog severely injured, with two broken legs as well as a right-hand injury, which required multiple surgeries and a long recovery process. This affected Etrog emotionally but also provided him with a new theme, leading him to create many sculptures, paintings and drawings of the hand motif.

The most well known example is found today at a central intersection of the city of Toronto; In this sculpture Etrog used his “link” language to represent the complex anatomy of the hand which results in an abstracted and highly stylized version of the motif.

The Hand, 1972