Monument to the Drowned

I was really looking for to see this landmark, and I am glad I was able to capture it with the presence of this man, so you can appreciate the size of the sculpture.

The Monument to the Drowned is a sculpture of five fingers partially submerged in sand, located in Punta del Este, a popular resort town in Uruguay. It is colloquially referred to as either Monument of the Fingers or The Hand.

This famous sculpture has become a symbol for Punta del Este since its completion in February 1982, and in turn it has become one of Uruguay's most recognizable landmarks.

The sculpture was made by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal during the summer of 1982, while he was attending the first annual International Meeting of Modern Sculpture in the Open Air in Punta del Este.

Thanks a lot to all my friends in 365 that have left wonderful comments and FAVs in my albums. I apologize for not being able to comment as much as you deserve, but it's a bit difficult while traveling. Be sure it's a feeling of withdrawal for me.
What a cool, cool sculpture and shot, Ana! Love that you got a person in with it, too, for perspective. Love it. A fav!
posted November 27th, 2012  
Love this... a great tribute
posted November 27th, 2012  
Wow!This impressive, hmmm, I'll add to my list to visit :-), who knows?hehehehe...Nice shot Anazad:-)
posted November 27th, 2012  
Very cool!!
posted November 27th, 2012  
cool looking sculpture
posted November 27th, 2012  
it is really nice you have that guy there to show the size...nice shot!
posted November 27th, 2012  
have you seen the one similar to it in DC?
posted November 27th, 2012  
Impressive monument. It's really great that you've that one person there. It's massive.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Spectacular!
posted November 27th, 2012  
@vickisfotos - Uhm no, where is the one in DC? thanks for telling me. I will look for it.
posted November 27th, 2012  
@amandalomonaco @bkbinthecity
Thanks for your comments and FAVS. So glad you liked it as much as I did.
posted November 27th, 2012  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Awakening_(sculpture) when I saw it, it was at Hains Point on the Potomac, but just now learned it has been moved to the new site in Maryland
posted November 27th, 2012  
Fantastic shot! I bet it was awesome to be standing there next to that huge sculpture :) Very fun! Love it!
posted November 27th, 2012  
Awesome. Love that person in the image. Really gives a sense of scale
posted November 27th, 2012  
Wow, that is some sculpture - nice capture with the person to give it perspective.
posted November 27th, 2012  
So glad for the sense of size. Cool sculpture
posted November 27th, 2012  
A very thought provoking sculpture... the figure adds wonderful scale to the size of those fingers.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Stunning sculpture...and tragic too.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Wow... what a powerful monument. The man really does give it perspective!!
posted November 27th, 2012  
Fave!
posted November 27th, 2012  
Thats amazing, a very powerful image and huge!!
posted November 27th, 2012  
Love your composition. Very powerful
posted November 27th, 2012  
What an amazing image, certainly an incredible monument.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Beautiful shot and a very interesting sculpture. That man gives size to the fingers. Love it.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Such a wonderful, Powerful image Ana! Fav : )
posted November 27th, 2012  
Anna, This is a great shot of a remarkable sculpture. I'd never seen this before and the photo makes you pause and think. fav
posted November 27th, 2012  
I love this! You really needed this man to show the amazing size of this. I drowned when I was 12 and just barely saved by a hard working life guard, after being under for 4 or 5 minutes and unconscious for 20 minutes...so the word drowned strikes strange feeling when I hear it. This truly captures the feeling one has...of complete desperation! Thanks, Ana.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Que lindo ese monumento, y no fue necesario poner figuritas ya de por si la persona quedo como una d e ellas. despues me explica todo en detalle.Fav.
posted November 27th, 2012  
How interesting ! And what a beautiful capture of this amazing sculpture. You must be having the time of your life down in S.A.
posted November 27th, 2012  
This is a very interesting and thought provoking piece of art Ana. @automaticslim would be interested in seeing this i think.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Wow this is so amazing, exceptional capture I think: Enjoy your travels:0)
posted November 27th, 2012  
Awesome!
posted November 27th, 2012  
It's a very powerful work and how good that you were able to capture someone in the shot - he gives a very good idea of the size of the sculpture. Very nicely done. I saw this sculpture when I Googled your mermaids and wondered if you'd seen it .
posted November 27th, 2012  
This is amazing! Very powerful imagery..
posted November 27th, 2012  
A beautiful shot of this ... wonderful angle. What a great tribute. So you are off and travelling again. You really do enjoy life to its fullest, Anazad. Have been missing 365 so much!
posted November 27th, 2012  
Oh wow. This shot would have been much less impressive if not for that man to show scale.
Such a powerful monument captured in a perfectly composed photo.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Excellent. fav.
posted November 27th, 2012  
This is some sculpture Ana & so interesting to see! The figure in the photo is essential to see the scale so well done to get him in the shot too!
posted November 27th, 2012  
Great statue. love the way you`ve captured it . the composition , you pov. and the nice framing. well done
posted November 27th, 2012  
@billsouth - wow Bill, that is a very strong experience you went through; that was an amazing job done by the life guard. Glad you are here to tell the story.
posted November 27th, 2012  
@dulciknit - oh how nice that you had seen it already in google. Actually they are relatively close one from the other. Yesterday the sky was gray, so today I went back since it's nice and sunny, and took the pictures again. Thanks for your comment.
posted November 27th, 2012  
@kandernob @jaum @annbo @nanalisarocks
thanks so much for the FAVs for this shot. The theme of this sculpture is definitely strong. I am very glad that it's on the PP.
posted November 27th, 2012  
It's certainly a powerful work on account of its simplicity and size, so full marks for including a figure to show the scale.

@seanoneill Thanks for the tip off, Sean.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Lyn
what a fantastic capture, Ana! Well done!
posted November 27th, 2012  
that is amazing
posted November 27th, 2012  
What an amazing shot.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Interesting find. Great with the human element to help with the perspective!
posted November 27th, 2012  
@anazad511
I did pic of it on : 01-28-2012 / 08-12-11 / 02-28-2011 / 09-06-2010.
posted November 27th, 2012  
Great capture.
posted November 28th, 2012  
Great shot!
posted November 28th, 2012  
Fabulous shot - emotive sculpture.
posted November 28th, 2012  
Congrats on PP!
posted November 28th, 2012  
Wow; great capture!
posted November 28th, 2012  
A beautiful scilpture, I might not have seen had I not caught your photo on the PP- love the sculpture and the photo.
posted November 28th, 2012  
Oh yeah I like this one too
posted November 28th, 2012  
Great sculpture.....glad the person was in your shot.
posted November 29th, 2012  
Cool sculpture!
posted November 29th, 2012  
this is the coolest sculpture i have ever seen!!! omg Anazad your pov and composition is just fabulous! Have to fav this one too! Have fun traveling...we miss you but we will be here when you get time! When you post pics like this ..you become unforgettable!! Love it! xxoo
posted November 29th, 2012  
WOW! Awesome piece of sculpture!
posted November 29th, 2012  
Cool photo of an amazing sculpture, thanks for sharing the story too. I thought it was another of your creative little people shots when I saw the thumbnail.
posted November 29th, 2012  
@cathy366 - LOL, I agree with you. It crossed my mind that it looked like the little people. Thank you.
posted November 29th, 2012  
I would love to see you re-create this with your little people!
posted November 29th, 2012  
@cathy366 - oh that would be fun. Great idea! Thank you.
posted November 29th, 2012  
Awesome shot!
posted November 29th, 2012  
@michaelelliott - thank you Michael. I recommend you to see the next shot (version 2). I think it's nicer.
posted November 29th, 2012  
Oh my goodness... what an emotive and striking memorial. Great shot
posted November 29th, 2012  
Amazing shot! A very striking sculpture....do they have many drowned there?
posted November 30th, 2012  
@ruthmouch - I really don't know if there are many drowned, but the waters there are very strong, and actually the name of the beach where the monument is located is called: Playa Brava; and "brava" means aggressive or mad.
posted November 30th, 2012  
Interesting info! Nice shot! My fav!
posted December 2nd, 2012  
What a cool sculpture.
posted December 10th, 2012  
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