Right across from the bus terminal in Punta Del Este at Parada 1, Bravo Beach, is ” The Hand.” It is difficult not to see the outside beach sculpture if you are anywhere near it. The” Hand” is only the tips of three fingers and a thumb rising out of the sand, but the fingers motion to you to come closer. This sculpture was created in 1982 by a Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrazabel as part of an art competition and it wasn’t, at first, his most favored project. It has remained here, since then, intact. The fingers rise out of the sand higher than most people stand.  The art work has been called “Men Emerging to Life,” “Monument of the Fingers,” “Monument to the Drowned,” “The Hand.” The artist didn’t like the third title much, according to Wikipedia, but once your works are on their own you can’t say much about how they are received and what is done to them. This afternoon visitors pose, touch the fingers and hang out. One morning, the Hand might rise from the sand a bit more, exposing its massive wrist. We would then need a ladder to climb up to pose for our picture sitting in the huge open palm. . From any angle I look, I can see that the ” Hand ” will always be a manicurist’s dream job. Artists always make us pay attention when we start to drift into numbing routine.  
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