La Mano, Los Dedos, or Hombre emergiendo a la vida (Man Emerging to Life) is a five-fingered sculpture partially buried in the sand, located at Parada 1, at Praia Brava in Punta del Este, a popular resort in Uruguay. It is colloquially referred to by The Fingers. It is a famous sculpture that has become a symbol of Punta del Este since its completion in February 1982, and in turn has become one of Uruguay's most famous landmarks. The sculpture was made by the Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal during the summer of 1982, while he participated in the first Annual International Meeting of Modern Outdoor Sculpture in Punta del Este. There were nine sculptors and he was the youngest. There was a dispute for the places assigned to a public square, and he then decided to make his sculptures on the beach. Although Irarrázabal had all summer to complete the project, he managed to complete it in the first six days, even though he faced minor delays due to the strong southeast wind that is common in Punta del Este. Concrete and plastic were reinforced with steel bars, metal meshes, and a degradation resistant solvent covering the plastic on the outside. During that summer, sculptors from all over the world worked on their creations on the beach, but only the work of Irarrázabal can still be seen on the beach today. It has given Irarrázabal worldwide recognition and is popularized by tourist photographs and reproductions of postcards. Later, he made exact or approximate replicas of the sculpture for the city of Madrid (in 1987), the Atacama desert in Chile (1992), and Venice (1995). The hand did not leave its original place, and remained practically intact, except for the graffiti on the side of the palm made in 2005.