Mario Irarrázabal was inspired to make a sculpture of a hand “drowning” as a warning to swimmers.
I learned it had many names – the Monumento al Ahogadoto (Monument to the Drowned), Monumento los Dedos (Monument of the Fingers) or La Mano (The Hand).
The warning was because the waters at La Barra had rougher waves which were better for surfing only, while the other way, waters at Solanas were much more suited for swimming practice and windsurfing activities.
While I had seen pictures before I arrived, they were nothing like the day I was there. was lucky to get a photo with only four people in the background. The place was teeming with people!