Friday, 6 June 2014

The Mano de Desierto | Sculpture of a Giant Hand located in the Atacama Desert, Chile

The Mano de Desierto is a sculpture of a giant 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). This giant 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 cement, and stands 11 metres (36 ft) tall. Funded by Corporación Pro Antofagasta, a local booster organization, the sculpture was inaugurated on March 28, 1992. It has since become a point of interest for tourists traveling Route 5, which forms part of the Pan-American Highway. It is an easy victim of graffiti and is therefore cleaned occasionally.

Hand of the Desert, Antofagasta, Antofagasta Region, Chile
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The Mano de Desierto | Sculpture of a Giant Hand located in the Atacama Desert, Chile
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The Mano de Desierto | Sculpture of a Giant Hand located in the Atacama Desert, Chile
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The Mano de Desierto | Sculpture of a Giant Hand located in the Atacama Desert, Chile
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The Mano de Desierto | Sculpture of a Giant Hand located in the Atacama Desert, Chile
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The Mano de Desierto | Sculpture of a Giant Hand located in the Atacama Desert, Chile
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The Mano de Desierto | Sculpture of a Giant Hand located in the Atacama Desert, Chile
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The Mano de Desierto | Sculpture of a Giant Hand located in the Atacama Desert, Chile
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The Mano de Desierto | Sculpture of a Giant Hand located in the Atacama Desert, Chile
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The Mano de Desierto | Sculpture of a Giant Hand located in the Atacama Desert, Chile
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