Earlier this year, two colossal hands emerged from Venice’s Grand Canal waters against a historic building, aiming to highlight the effects of climate change as they appear to prevent the building from sinking into the canal.

This is only one example of massive and monumental hands around the world that tourists are able to visit. From the Hand of the Desert in Chile to the Gangnam style statue, we’ve put together a list of some of the world’s must-see sculptures.


The Golden Bridge – Da Nang, Vietnam

Nestled in the forest of the Bà Nà Hills resort, near Da Nang, Vietnam, the impressive glimmering Golden Bridge is held up by two giant concrete hands.

The 150m (490ft) long pedestrian bridge was designed to connect the cable car station with the gardens and to provide a scenic overlook and tourist attraction, and to make visitors feel like they're taking a stroll on a shimmering thread stretching across the hands of gods.

To get there, you will need to fly to Bangkok and take a connecting flight to Da Nang. The bridge is located in the Thien Thai gardens at the Bà Nà Hills Resort, which is accessible by a single-track cable car.


Holocaust Memorial – Miami, USA

At the Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, a 13m (42ft) high bronze arm and hand reach up out of the earth and towards the sky.

Titled The Sculpture of Love and Anguish, the sculpture by Kenneth Triester is composed of close to 100 figures struggling to climb up the arm, symbolising the pain and despair of a manmade hell.

To get there, you will need to fly into Miami, where you can meet your pre-booked hoppa taxi that can take you to the Holocaust Memorial, which is located at 1933-1945 Meridian Avenue.


Hand of the Desert – Antofagasta, Chile

The impressive Mano del Desierto – literally the Hand of the Desert – is a large-scale sculpture of a left hand located in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

The giant monument was created by Santiago sculptor Mario Irarrázabal in 1992 and represents the emptiness of the Atacama Desert. It’s quite a drive from Antofagasta, but worth visiting if you’re travelling along the Panamerican Highway.

To get there, you will need to fly via Santiago and take a connecting flight to Antofagasta, where you can pick up your pre-booked hoppa rental car. The Hand of the Desert is 75km (46mi) to the south of the city, on the Panamerican Highway.


Hand of Punta del Este – Punta del Este, Uruguay

Over in Uruguay, a continent away, the Hand of Punta del Este is Mario Irarrázabal’s matching right hand. In the Atlantic coastal resort of Punta del Este, four concrete fingers and a thumb rise from the sand of the beach.

Made in 1982, the sculpture depicts a hand "drowning" as a warning to swimmers. Between the two hands, though, it’s as though a subterranean giant is holding all of South America in its grip.

To get there, you will need to fly to São Paulo and take a connecting flight to Punta del Este where a pre-booked hoppa taxi can take you to Brava Beach. The Hand is located in a spot called Parada 4 on the beach.


Gangnam style statue – Seoul, South Korea

Following the mega-hit of the song ‘Gangnam Style’ by Psy in 2012, a statue dedicated to the South Korean music hit was established in the Seoul district made famous by the song. The metal sculpture shows two fists overlapped in the style of the song's "horse-riding" dance move.

There is a stage beneath the statue that automatically plays the song when you stand there, allowing visitors to film each other dancing to the song – which remains one of the most-watched YouTube video ever and has been viewed more than 3.2 billion times.

To get there, you will need to fly into Seoul, where your pre-booked hoppa taxi can take you to the Gangnam district. The statue is situated outside the COEX shopping centre, where part of the video was filmed.


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