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The Hand of the Desert (La Mano del Desierto) is a large-scale sculpture located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. It was created by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal and was completed in 1992. The sculpture consists of a large, human-like hand made of iron and cement, emerging from the desert floor.

The Hand of the Desert stands 11 meters (36 feet) tall and is situated in a remote area of the desert, roughly 75 kilometers (46 miles) south of the city of Antofagasta. The stark contrast between the bright blue sky and the arid, barren desert landscape provides a striking backdrop for the sculpture, which has become a popular destination for tourists visiting the region.

According to the artist, the sculpture was intended to convey a sense of loneliness, solitude, and vulnerability, as well as a sense of human helplessness in the face of natural forces. The sculpture has become an iconic symbol of the Atacama Desert and is often used in advertisements and promotional materials for the region.

The Hand of the Desert is located in a desert region known for its extreme aridity and harsh conditions. Visitors are advised to take appropriate precautions when traveling in the area, including bringing plenty of water and wearing appropriate clothing to protect against the intense sun and heat. Despite the remote location of the sculpture, it has become a popular destination for tourists visiting northern Chile.