Giant Hands Are Appearing All Around The World: The Monumental Sculptures That Deliver Important Messages


giant hands venice

Few months ago giant hands emerged from Venice’s Grand Canal waters, holding a historic building. Along with them, other massive and monumental hands have been ‘growing’ all around the world, delivering important messages to the humanity.

That’s why, since few months ago, big hands are holding the historic Ca’ Segredo Hotel in Venice (Italy). The incident is the result of the Italian Lorenzo Quinn’s art installation. The stunning hands sculpture aims to grow awareness among people on climate change and the rising of sea levels, highlighting the devastating consequences on monuments, houses, lands, people and everything we have.

But Lorenzo Quinn’s hands are not alone and other examples have been created around the world to deliver important messages thanks to the attraction created by art. Following some other amazing examples.

Drowning hand, Punta del Este (Uruguay)

giant hands de punta del este

A sculpture by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal, depicting five human fingers partially emerging from sand and located on Parada 1 at Brava Beach, a popular resort town in Uruguay. The “drowning” hand is a warning to swimmers, as the waters at La Barra up the beach had rough waves which are better for surfing.


Mano del Desierto, Atacama Desert (Chile)

mano del desierto atacama desert

Created by Mario Irarrázabal in the middle of the Atacama Desert, it honours the victims of injustice and torture during the military regime in the country.


The Miami Holocaust Memorial (USA)


An enormous hand reaching triumphantly towards a blue sky.



Praying Hands, Tulsa, (USA)

praying hands tulsa

A 60 feet high pair of mighty hands locked in prayer at the entrance of the Oral Roberts University campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


NuArt Sculpture Park in Bandung (Indonesia)

hand nuart sculpture park in bandung

One massive steel hand designed and made by Nyoman Nuarta


Hand of Harmony, Cape Homi (South Korea)

hand of harmony cape homi

Once again art is used to deliver vital messages with the hope of making people from all around the world more responsible and eventually save them (…sometimes from theme selves).

What other similar sculptures do you know? Which one do you prefer?


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