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World's Strangest Statues

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Pink ducks and giant babies: Here are some of the strangest statues on the planet.

Hand of the Desert, Atacama Desert, Chile

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About 47 miles south of the town of Antofagasta, in a barren stretch of the Pan-American Highway in the Atacama Desert, a 36-foot-tall hand protrudes from the sand. It appears that a giant was buried in a sandstorm, but this isn’t a mirage. Mano de Desierto—or Hand of the Desert—was built in the early ‘80s by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal. And it isn’t the only disturbing hand of Irarrázabal’s: Monument to the Drowned is a similar sculpture, rising from the ground near the beach in Punta del Este, a resort town in Uruguay.

World's Strangest Statues

Hand of the Desert, Atacama Desert, Chile

About 47 miles south of the town of Antofagasta, in a barren stretch of the Pan-American Highway in the Atacama Desert, a 36-foot-tall hand protrudes from the sand. It appears that a giant was buried in a sandstorm, but this isn’t a mirage. Mano de Desierto—or Hand of the Desert—was built in the early ‘80s by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal. And it isn’t the only disturbing hand of Irarrázabal’s: Monument to the Drowned is a similar sculpture, rising from the ground near the beach in Punta del Este, a resort town in Uruguay.

i on the world / Alamy
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