Hand of the Desert – Chile`s massive sculpture

Baku, July 2, AZERTAC

The Hand of the Desert is one Chile’s most talked-about art installations. It is a gigantic cement hand structure jutting around 11 meters out of the arid sand of the Chilean Atacama Desert, one of the emptiest, most barren, and driest places on the face of the planet.

The sculpture is the brainchild of Mario Irarrázabal, a Chilean figurative sculptor who worked on it in 1992. The concept behind the giant hand reaching for the skies speaks to human loneliness, torment, and fragility.

It pays homage to the human soul’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the face of suffering and injustices around the globe.

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