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14 of the world’s most unusual sculptures and structures

14 of the world’s most unusual sculptures and structures

From Prague to Pisa, Musement takes a look at 14 of the world’s most unusual sculptures and structures.

We took a look at some of the world’s most famous sculptures, so now we’ve decided to take a look at some of the most unusual. In no particular order, here are 14 works that are more or less known that should be on your list.

1. Brown-Nosers (David Černý, 2003), Prague

A rebellious, provocative and controversial artist, David Černý’s signature can be found around Prague, and it’s impossible to miss out on his irreverent and satirical works. In the small garden of Futura Gallery stands “Brown-Nosers,” which needs no translation. By climbing up the ladder and looking inside, you will understand what makes this installation so provocative.

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Ingenious or provocative? Or both?

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2. Kůň, the horse of the Lucerna passage (David Černý, 1999), Prague

Also in Prague, one of Černý’s most iconic statues is in Lucerna Passage (under the Lucerna Palace). It’s considered a satirical and stunning parody of the symbolic equestrian statue of Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of the Czech Republic, located on the square bearing the same name.

3. The Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali

The Great Mosque of Djenné, an incredible achievement, is the world’s largest mudbrick building, or banco. In addition to being an iconic monument of sub-Saharan Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s an achievement of breathtaking beauty.

4. The Fork (Jean-Pierre Zaugg and Georges Favre, 1995), Vevey, Switzerland

The largest fork in the world, weighing in at just under 450 kilograms of stainless steel, is planted in the middle of Lake Geneva in front of the Alimentarium, making it an integral part of Vevey’s landscape and culture.

5. The Leaning Tower, Pisa, Italy

This monument requires no introduction. We all have a “leaning” for this tower’s rather unusual disposition.

6. The Headington Shark (John Buckley, 1986), Oxford, England

This shark made from more than seven meters of fiberglass embedded in the roof of a house in Oxford‘s Headington village was commissioned by the former owner of the premises to protest the American bombing of Libya.

7. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA

Do you know which four presidents are sculpted into the Mount Rushmore National Memorial? From left to right: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln!

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📍 Le Mont Rushmore, Dakota du Sud, USA 🇺🇸 Non pas un parc naturel, mais un mémorial humain, le mont Rushmore est mondialement connu pour sa gigantesque sculpture en mémoire des présidents américains sur 150 ans. C'est l'un des lieux les plus visités des États-Unis, avec plus de deux millions de visiteurs par an. Il faut s'en rapprocher au maximum pour voir se détacher de la forêt les têtes de George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt et Abraham Lincoln, les quatre présidents les plus marquants de l'époque fondatrice de l'histoire américaine. Les bas-reliefs taillés à même la roche mesurent 18 m de hauteur. Ils couvrent 5,17 km2 et s'élèvent à une altitude de 1 745 m. Le temple de la Démocratie, implanté à l'intérieur du mémorial présidentiel des États-Unis, surplombe ainsi les forêts sur 500 hectares. 📸 Bucchi-Fancesco

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8. Chand Baori, Rajasthan, India

If you haven’t heard of it before it’s a pity because Chand Baori is definitely worth a visit. Dating back to the Middle Ages, it’s one of the oldest baori (stepwells) in Rajasthan. The countless steps that make up this well contribute to its truly spectacular architecture and aesthetics.

9. Kindlifresserbrunnen or The Child Eater of Bern (Hans Gieng, 1545), Bern, Switzerland

Is it a warning to the city’s Jewish community, a representation of Cronus, the Greek god of the harvest, or simply a fictional representation? Countless theories float around this fountain on the Kornhausplatz, which has frightened the children of Bern centuries.

10. Monsters Park, Viterbo, Italy

Not one but dozens of bizarre 16th-century sculptures surrounded by natural vegetation can be admired in Viterbo‘s gardens of Bomarzo, just north of Rome, and more commonly known as the Bomarzo Monster Park.

11. Mano del Desierto (Mario Irarrázaba, 1992), Atacama Desert, Chile

This half-buried hand rising in the heart of Chile’s Atacama Desert will not leave you indifferent. It’s believed that the artist performed it to pay tribute to the victims of the Chilean military regime of 1973-1990 and to denounce the injustice and torture during the dictatorship.

12. The Crooked House (Szotyński and Zaleski, 2004), Sopot, Poland

The Crooked House of Sopot, Poland, on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, is the most photographed building in the country, and for good reason. Surely you have never witnessed such a dreamlike structure in real life.

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Безумный Krzywy Domek от поляков ⠀ Не перестаю убеждаться, что Польша – родина незаурядных творцов и диковинных зданий. Для них ничего не стоит вдохновиться глючными абстрактными рисунками и материализовать такой же глючный дом! ⠀ Отличный пример такой работы – Кривой дом или Krzywy Domek, построенный в 2004 году двумя польскими архитекторами в городе Сопот. Дом не просто архитектурный шедевр, но и вполне функциональное здание – это торговый центр). Когда приближаешься к дому, до конца не веришь в его реальность. Он весь асимметричный, двери и окна изогнуты. Во всем строении нет ни единого прямого угла, и кажется, что все окружающее пространство исказилось вслед за строением. ⠀ По задумке, такая причудливая форма должна была привлечь больше посетителей в магазины и кафе торгового центра. И это получилось, центр работает круглосуточно, и, как архитектурный объект вошел в 50 самых странных зданий мира. ⠀ Это тот случай, когда архитектура играет не последнюю роль в маркетинге и пиаре заведения, крымским предпринимателям на заметку;) _________________________________________ #дизайн #дизайнер #дизайнинтерьера #designer #interiordesigner #design #крым #симферополь #севастополь #ялта #Польша #Poland #crimea #simferopol #sevastopol #yalta #дом #архитектура #искусство #маркет #кафе #магазин #krzywydomek #vittagroup

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13. Vigeland Sculpture Park (Gustav Vigeland, 1907), Oslo, Norway

Vigelandsparken is one of the most visited tourist sites in Norway, welcoming more than a million visitors a year. This incredible Oslo park includes more than 200 sculptures by the artist who also designed the park’s architecture. Monolitten (the Monolith) and Sinnataggen (the angry boy) are probably the two most famous works.

14. L.O.V.E (Maurizio Cattelan, 2010), Milan

Impossible to not include one of our local works on a list of this nature. L.O.V.E, an acronym for libertà, odio, vendetta and eternità (freedom, hate, vengeance and eternity) is an emblem of our beloved Milan. Located in the heart of Piazza degli Affari in front of the Stock Exchange Palace and built when fascism was in full swing, it’s possible to interpret this irreverent sculpture as a message denouncing capitalism, a metaphor of the current fascism. Besides, it’s not a middle finger, but rather a fascist salute with cut-off fingers.

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Happy new year!!! #milano #cattelan

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