Have you ever seen a drowning man in the sea with one hand on the outside and the rest of his body inside? Have you ever witnessed a man’s hand popping out from the earth’s interior? If not, then have a look at this piece to witness a stunning image of a hand reaching out from the soil.
‘The Hand of the Desert’, also known as ‘Mano del Desierto’, is located in Chile’s Atacama Desert, which is also the world’s driest spot. In 1992, Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal produced ‘The Hand’, which was supported by the Corporación Pro Antofagasta, a local supporter organization.
Because the Atacama Desert has a lot of space, Mario Irarrázabal was invited to design a monument. As a result, a creative sculpture of a high-five has been constructed from concrete and iron and stands over 11 meters tall.
This left hand is part of a pair, which is an intriguing thing to note. The right hand, known as the ‘Monument to the Drowned’ is found near Punta del Esta, Uruguay. Since then, both locations have become popular tourist destinations.
However, before you go, here are a few things you should know about the location and the sculpture.
The Mano del Desierto is a free area to visit. You can simply approach and admire the sculpture as it is not surrounded by any gates or other barriers. Furthermore, you can visit this location at any time of day, but owing to vandalism, it is recommended that you visit during the day.
The size of a sculpture is its most appealing attribute. This powerful sculpture, located in the middle of the Atacama Desert, creates a spectacular image. It is approximately 36 feet long, thick, tall, and seems to be more than twice the height of a giraffe!
The colossal hand is erected where the empty dry wasteland meets the road leading north to Antofagasta. Mario Irarrázabal was asked to build something to fill the space in the Atacama Desert, and he created a famous sculpture.
The monument is something unique and different and a must-visit location on your vacay list. So, let’s get packing already!