A Chilean in Punta
Mario arrived in Punta with a scale model and he had to improvise the rest of the process while facing natural obstacles such as the wind and the sand. Nevertheless, it took him only one week to complete his work in a breathtaking environment.
Though it might lose part of the charm it has today, we may say that the fingers in this colossal hand were made with steel bars covered with a metal mesh and a material resistant to the passing of time and the braveness of the sea. Today, the hand of this Chilean friend has become an icon in the City of Punta del Este.
Photographed by thousands of people and one of the favorite postcards at the time of getting a souvenir, the hand has reached our days safe and sound.
It has even remained standing in the strong Southeast wind. However, it could not escape from graffiti poetry on its long fingers.
After its great success, many other hands have been exported from Uruguay to the rest of the world, making their author worldwide famous. Parada 4 at La Brava is the geographical landmark where this simple but interesting story began.
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The Hand stands at Parada 4 on Brava Beach, only minutes away from the center of Punta del Este. Being photographed next to it is a must in order to prove you have been to Punta del Este.