Installation: Putting Bread into Outstretched Hands


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.


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


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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