“Giant hands” grow from the ground

Kane Khanh | Archeaology
October 23, 2023

Giant hands rising from underground are full of mystery, making tourists curious.

Mysterious giant hands rising from the ground evoke the imagination and curiosity of visitors. Behind them is how the artist wants to convey the message.

Mano del Desierto giant hand in Atacama desert, Chile

The most famous giant hand called Mano del Desierto is located in the middle of the Atacama desert, about 75 km south of the city of Antofagasta. This is a work of art by Chilean artist Irarrázabal to honor the victims who suffered injustice and torture during the previous military regime. Mano del Desierto is a concrete block 11 meters high.

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The work was built in the early 1980s and completed about 12 years later. A hand lying alone in the middle of a dry desert brings a feeling of sadness, as if it wants to remind visitors of the tragic reality that humans have encountered. In addition, the work also conveys the intention of human weakness and helplessness.

Artist Irarrázabal also created a series of strange hands in many locations around the world. Other versions appeared in many cities.

Hands of Punta del Este

Another work titled “Punta del Este”, also a work by Irarrázabal, is located in a famous resort town in Uruguay, meaning a warning about the risk of drowning in the sea. The sculpture was unveiled to the public in the summer of 1982, and has since become a symbol of this coastal town. During the past time, the work has been called by many names such as Emergiendo a la Vida, Monumento los Dedos…

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It is known that the Chilean artist only completed the project in just 6 days with the main materials being reinforced concrete and metal mesh. Over the past 30 years, this giant hand has appeared in millions of tourists ‘ photos and printed on postcards, magazines…

Praying Hands, Tulsa, USA

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Two hands clasped together in a prayer position are placed at the entrance to the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Weighing 30 tons, this is the largest bronze sculpture in the United States at the present time.

Hands of Harmony, Cape Homi, Korea

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This strange sculpture is located on the Homigot coast of Korea, built in 1999 with the idea of ​​​​wanting the people of the land of kimchi to have a better life. The work is made from bronze and granite. However, Korean people are worried that the work will be destroyed by nature.

Giant hand in Bandung, Indonesia

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A giant sculpture depicting a hand is placed at the gate of Setraduta – a housing complex for the upper class in northern Bandung, Indonesia. This is the work of famous Indonesian sculptor Nyoman Nuarta.

Holocaust Memorial, Miami, USA

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The Holocaust Memorial in Miami, Florida, USA is a 12m high sculpture that simulates an arm reaching to the sky while hundreds of tiny people surround it. The work was designed by architect Kenneth Treister.