La mano del desierto (the hand of the desert) is not actually abandoned as most of the things you can find in this blog...It's a piece of art, and it's hard to tell if a piece of art is ever abandoned.

Nevertheless, the sight of this surrealistic giant hand in this very special location, the driest desert of Atacama, in Chile just moves me the same way as abandoned things do.

The artist behind it is the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal. the hand was constructed at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level. The work has a base of iron and cement, and stands 11 meters tall. The sculpture was inaugurated on March 28, 1992.

Mario Irarrázabal also made similar sculptures in Punta del Este, in Uruguay in 1982, in the city of Madrid in 1987, and in Venice 1995.

coordinates : 24°09'30.04"S 70°09'23.65"W
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  1. Anonymous // Monday, April 13, 2009 4:13:00 PM  

    "Art is never finished, only abandoned" - Leonardo da Vinci.

    Straight from one of the most amazing artists of all time. Art is always abandoned at some point and never finished.

  2. Anonymous // Sunday, April 19, 2009 2:01:00 PM  

    i hate it when people put graffiti in nature

  3. eastydie // Monday, May 04, 2009 5:44:00 AM  

    do people know what was the origin of the hand?

  4. PainGame // Friday, July 10, 2009 9:46:00 AM  

    My god that is beautiful.