Aug 18, 2015

Mario Irarrázabal Creates Desert Hands In Cities (6 Pics)

By on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

 In the middle of the Atacama Desert which is located in South America, a giant hand rises from the ground like the remains of an ancient civilization. In reality, it’s a pretty modern sculpture, an art piece called “Mano del Desierto” and it was created by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal in honor of the victims of injustice and torture during the military regime in Chile.
The sculpture has a base of iron and cement, and stands 36 feet (11 meters) tall.
Funded by Corporación Pro Antofagasta, a local booster organization, the sculpture was inaugurated on March 28, 1992.
He has several similar gigantic hand sculptures on display at various locations around the world.
One of them is at Brava Beach in Punta del Este, Uruguay and is known by various names such asHombre emergiendo a la vida (Man Emerging into Life), Monumento los Dedos (Monument of the Fingers), or Monumento al Ahogado (Monument to the Drowned).
Another hand comes out from the ground at Juan Carlos I Park in Madrid, Spain and was installed in 1987.
It would be fun to travel the world looking for these different sculptures.


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