Wednesday, March 9, 2011

15 Funny & Weird Monuments

Safety Pin, San Francisco, USA
Giant safety pin sculpture at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, California.

Hanging Statue, Prague, Czech Republic
A bronze statue hanging from one of the buildings representing the fall of communism.

The Hanging Rhino, Potsdam, Germany
World's Tallest Filing Cabinet, Vermont, USA
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The cabinet was built in 2002 by local artist Bren Alvarez. The 40+-foot cabinet is actually a stack of 11 metal filing cabinets, in different colors, welded together. The elements have obviously taken their toll, so the rusty tower can’t be long for this world. There’s a total of 38 drawers, on purpose. Alvarez was commenting on the number of years that bureaucratic paperwork accumulated by a proposed beltway project that would have run right through the neighborhood where the cabinet stands.

Spoonbridge and Cherry,Minneapolis,Minnesota, USA
Spoonbridge and Cherry is one of the feature items in the Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden in downtown Minneapolis. This artwork has been on display for 20 years and is something of a Minneapolis landmark.


Sculpture of Baby, Derbyshire, UK
 A giant sculpture of a seven-month-old baby by artist Marc Quinn entitled ‘Planet’ at Chatsworth House.


Magic Tap, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Magic tap, which appears to float in the sky with an endless supply of water. In actuality, there is a pipe hidden in the stream of water.


Charles La Trobe Monument in Melbourne, Australia
In Melbourne, Australia you will encounter the upside-down Monument to La Trobe. This contemporary monument to Charles La Trobe in central Melbourne was removed at the end of June 2006 and has been acquired by La Trobe University. The monument is quite ordinary, but the fact it stands on its head makes it unique.

Manneken Pis, Brussels, Belgium
The statue of a little boy urinating into a fountain, the Manneken Pis, is arguably the most well-known landmark in Brussels. The statue, built in the early 1600s, is thought by some to honor a young ruler who was known for urinating on troops. Others believe it commemorates a missing young boy who was found while peeing in the street, while a third legend refers to a small boy who saved the city from peril by putting out a fire with his good aim.


Fountain of the Virtues, Nuremberg, Germany

In 1589, the iron caster, Benedikt Wurzelbauer, completed the Fountain of the Virtues (Tugendbrunnen), commissioned by the City Council of the Free City of the Empire who had intended to demonstrate their stature in the world.

Monument to Le Tour de France,  France
On the highway between Tarbes and Pau at a resting place called l’Aire des Pyrénées you can find this very special monument about the Tour de France named 'Le Tour de France dans les Pyrénées'. This 18m (59 feet) high monument, made of alumina and steel, was realized in 1995.

Traffic Light Tree, London, UK
Designed by Pierre Vivant, “Traffic Light Tree” has 75 sets of traffic lights. The sculpture was created to mimic a tree on one side and reflect the energy of the developing Canary Wharf area on another.


Headington Shark, Oxford, UK
The Headington Shark, located in Headington, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom, is a 25-foot shark that looks as though it crashed into a houses roof. Bill Heine, the owner of the house designed the shark in remembrance of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.


The Thumb, Paris, France

Le pouce” (the thumb), is an artistic creation by renowned French sculptor César Baldaccini. Designed in 1965, this sculpture weighs 18 tonnes and is 12-meter (39 feet) high.
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