There’s something in Moscow called the “Geek Picnic,” and you probably shouldn’t try to find close parking. On display is the “Hand Of Man,” a machine that lets you crush cars like soda cans.

According to creator Christian Ristow’s website:

The Hand Of Man is an interactive sculpture like no other. It is comprised of a 26-foot (8 meter) long hydraulically-actuated human hand and forearm which is capable of picking up and crushing cars, and a “glove” device that controls it. Any movement in the “glove” controller is accurately reproduced in the large robotic Hand. Members of the public are invited to insert their own hands into the controller, and through the miracle of modern hydraulic technology, they are able to effortlessly lift, crush, and toss enormous objects such as cars. Years of experience have shown that using large hydraulic machines to smash things is really fun! But individual artists and heavy equipment operators shouldn’t be the only ones having such a good time; the Hand of Man democratizes the crushing power!!

It is extremely important that Jalopnik invest in one of these machines, and I will be petitioning Matt Hardigree in the office on Monday to fire Raphael Orlove and use his salary to buy one.


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