Mano del Desierto
The Mano de Desierto is a large-scale sculpture of a hand located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, 75 km to the south of the city of Antofagasta, on the Panamerican Highway. The nearest point of reference is the "Ciudad Empresarial La Negra" (La Negra Business City).
The sculpture was constructed by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level. Irarrázabal used the human figure to express emotions like injustice, loneliness, sorrow and torture. Its exaggerated size is said to emphasize human vulnerability and helplessness. The work has a base of iron and concrete, and stands 11 metres (36 ft) tall. Funded by Corporación Pro Antofagasta, a local booster organization, the sculpture was inaugurated on March 28, 1992.
From Antofagasta, one can take Route 26 or Route 28, both of which connect to Route 5.
- Monumento al Ahogado, another hand from the same artist.
- Manning, Katie (22 July 2011). "Keep Up the High Five: "La Mano Del Desierto"". El Observatodo.cl, Noticias de La Serena y Coquimbo. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
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