Sacramento arena’s big bronze hand has disappeared. Where is it?

"Missing the Mark" by Sacramento artist Gale Hart includes this bronze hand
"Missing the Mark" by Sacramento artist Gale Hart includes this bronze hand lsterling@sacbee.com

Yes, the huge bronze hand sculpture has disappeared from its pedestal in front of Golden 1 Center arena. But, no, it hasn’t been stolen.

The hand, part of a blocklong public art piece called “Missing the Mark,” was temporarily removed by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Monday because it wasn’t set quite right on its brackets. It is expected to be back in place on Friday after some fixes.

The big hand was hovering off the ground, instead of being set on the ground the way artist Gale Hart had wanted it, so the brackets are being adjusted.

“Gale is a perfectionist, and so am I,” said arts commission executive Shelly Willis.

“Missing the Mark” is proving to be a popular piece of public art at the new downtown arena. It is made up of several pieces strewn over a city block, including several 12-foot tall darts stuck into the sidewalk as well as a dart board in the sidewalk on L Street. The dart board, pointedly, has no numbers in it. Some of the missing numbers are littered nearby on the sidewalk. Artist Hart said the work pokes fun at competitive games.

The big bronze hand has become a favorite place for kids to climb and for families to take photos.

Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak