Uruguay: Punta del Este – La Mano de Punta del Este

Fingers of Punta del Este aka La Mano de Punta del Este is one of the most iconic monuments in Uruguay, often viewed as the symbol of the country. Built in 1982, the five fingers of a hand seemingly push thought the sand on the beach. The monument was designed and created by a Chilean artist who, while participating at the sculptor convention in Punta del Este didn’t get a spot in the center of the city and instead decided to use the sand on the beach. Originally, the sculpture was meant to be a man drowning and serves as a warning. Since then, there’s been a lot of different interpretations, from the birth of a human being to just “the fingers”.