Hand of the Desert, Antofagasta

The Hand of the Desert (“La Mano del Desierto”) is literally a sculpture of a giant hand (nearly 36 feet high) emerging from the desert sands near the town of Antofagasta. The hand is realistically sculpted, complete with lifelike wrinkles, fingernails, and veins. This surreal and thought-provoking work of art was created by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal in 1992.

The sculpture has been interpreted in various ways by viewers and art enthusiasts. Some see it as a representation of the human struggle against the forces of nature, while others view it as a symbol of solitude and contemplation in the vast desert landscape. Its meaning is open to individual interpretation.


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