The Hand in the Desert (mano del desierto) was created in the early 1980’s by a Chilean Sculpture named Mario Irarrázaal. It is made out of iron and cement and sits in the middle of nowhere, the Atacama Desert (in Chile) which is the driest desert in the world. The sculpture was created to signify the horrifying human rights issues that the Chileans have dealt with in the past. You can really see that by the hand coming out of the sand.
One of the things that struck me as well is that the hands sits roughly 75 kilometers or 46 miles outside of the city of Antofagasta. I think being so remote also adds to the profound effect that Mario was trying to share with the world.
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Abt 36 feet tall!
It was kind of powerful when you think about it right? It tough to get to believe me, I didn’t even think I was ever going to arrive… endless desert!
This is really great concept…I completely felt the intent of the sculpture. Its obscurity in space adds to it…