Mano del Desierto – The raised hand coming out of the desert in Antofagasta

The large-scale sculpture of a hand located in the Atacama Desert and was constructed by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level. Its exaggerated size is said to emphasize human vulnerability and helplessness.

The work has a base of iron and concrete, and stands 11 meters tall. Funded by Corporación Pro Antofagasta, a local booster organization, the sculpture was inaugurated on 28 March 1992.

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