10 Odd Statues That Will Cause You To Pause For A Min
#1 the dream, st. helens, england
dream is a sculpture and a piece of public art by jaume plensa in sutton, st helens, merseyside. costing approximately 1.8m, it was funded through the big art project in coordination with the arts council england, the art fund and channel 4. dream consists of an elongated white structure 20 metres (66 ft) tall, weighing 500 tons, which has been cast to resemble the head and neck of a young woman with her eyes closed in meditation.
#2 the child eater, bern, switzerland
the kindlifresserbrunnen (german for child eater fountain) is a fountain at the kornhausplatz (granary place) in bern, switzerland. it is one of the old city of bern’s fountains from the 16th century. it was created in 1545/46 by hans gieng in place of a wooden fountain from the 15th century. a literal translation of the name kindlifresserbrunnen therefore would be “fountain of the eater of little children”.
#3 hand of the desert, atacama, chile
the mano de desierto is a large-scale sculpture of a hand located in the atacama desert in chile, 75 km to the south of the city of antofagasta, on the panamerican highway. the sculpture was constructed by the chilean sculptor mario irarrazabal at an alkit ;)ude of 1,100 meters above sea level. irarrazabal used the human figure to express emotions like injustice, loneliness, sorrow and torture. the work has a base of iron and cement, and stands 11 metres (36 ft) tall.
#4 totem, leuven, belgium
the name of the sculpture is ‘totem’ and is a work by belgian artist jan fabre, who also covered a ceiling of the belgian royal palace in bugs. this very unusual sculpture decorates the square in front of the historic university library in leuven. its appearance becomes much less bizarre if you know the artist’s intention. furthermore, the anatomy of an insect is reminiscent of a clockwork, a tiny precise mechanism, a product of science and technology.
#5 ozymandias on the plains, texas, us
just off the highway heading south on i-27 out of amarillo, two gigantic legs in athletic socks can be seen. you wouldn’t know it, but they are in fact the shattered likeness of an egyptian king.”ozymandias” is the greek name for ramesses ii and was the inspiration and name of a famous poem written in 1818 by romantic poet percy shelly after a visit to the ruins. the gym socks were painted on by pranksters, but marsh liked it so much he took credit for it.
#6 maman, ottawa, ontario (and other places)
maman (1999) is a sculpture by the artist louise bourgeois. the sculpture, which resembles a spider, is amongst the world’s largest, measuring over 30 ft high and over 33 ft wide, with a sac containing 26 marble eggs. its abdomen and thorax are made up of ribbed bronze. the kit ;)le is the familiar french word for mother. the sculpture was created by bourgeois as a part of her inaugural commission of the unilever series in 1999 for tate modern’s vast turbine hall.
#7 mazinger z, mas del plata, spain
mazinger z known briefly as tranzor z in the united states, is a japanese super robot manga series written and illustrated by go nagai. the first manga version was serialized in shueisha’s weekly shonen-jump from october 1972 to august 1973, and it later continued in kodansha tv magazine from october 1973 to september 1974. the giant fiberglass mazinger eternally guards the entrance to the suburb that never was, and has become a pilgrimage for manga and anime fans.
#8 tarasque, tarascon, france
the tarasque is a fearsome legendary dragon from provence, in southern france, tamed in a story about saint martha. on 25 november 2005 the unesco included the tarasque on the list of masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity. artist pascal demaumont completed this statue in 2005, which is the centerpiece of a yearly festival in honor of the town’s namesake.
#9 lobster mickey, massachusetts, us
artist breanna rowlette created this, as part a disney-sponsored project involving 75700-pound mickey mouse statues getting tricked out by various artists to reflect different regions of the u.s. (cleverly kit ;)led “75 inspearations”). the six-foot, anthropomorphized crustacean/rodent hybrid sits in faneuil hall marketplace in boston, confusing the out of all who cross its path.
#10 pigduck of turku, finland
posankka is a statue located in turku, finland. the statue, which is located near the campus area of the university of turku and the turku student village, represents a hybrid between a marzipan pig and a rubber duck. it is a pink animal with a duck’s lower body and a pig’s head. the statue was designed by alvar gullichsen in 1999 when it was placed floating in the aurajoki river in turku. the statue has stood at its current location since 2001. every winter, a santa claus hat is put on posankka’s head.