I bet you’ve noticed that almost every city has its own creative sculptures or statues, usually tucked along streets or city squares. Some of them are pretty ordinary, but others. Other famous sculptures can be extremely eye-catching and conversation-provoking.
Sculpture is one of the most sensual arts in the world. But sometimes the genius of artists exceeds all expectations. In this way, sculptural works are created, but you can easily mistake them to be real.
Colossus, Florence, Italy
This epic colossus, half man, half mountain, was erected in the late 1500s by renowned Italian sculptor Giambologna as a symbol of Italy’s rugged Appenine mountains. This mountain god, fittingly named Appennino, stand 35 feet tall over the ground of the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany.
The rugged, mountainous statue hides a wonderful secret – his interior hides several rooms with different functions that made this colossus come to life. The monster that his left hand holds spewed water from an underground stream, and it is rumored that space in his head was made for a fireplace which, when lit, would blow smoke out of his nostrils.
Mustangs By Robert Glen, Las Colinas, Texas, Usa
Mustangs at Las Colinas is a bronze sculpture by Robert Glen, that decorates Williams Square in Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. The sculpture commemorates the wild mustangs that were historically important inhabitants of much of Texas. It portrays a group at 1.5 times life size, running through a watercourse, with fountains giving the effect of water splashed by the animals’ hooves. The horses are intended to represent the drive, initiative and unfettered lifestyle that were fundamental to the state in its pioneer days.
The Rain Man By Jean-michel Folon, Italy
This fountain is a contemporary masterpiece and was a gift to the City of Florence, done by the artist Jean-Michel Folon, short before Florence Social Forum of November 6-9, 2002. The bronze man stands over 3 meters high and the water falls down the summit of the statue, in the shape of a fantasmagoric and almost real umbrella.
Popped Up By Ervin Loránth Hervé, Budapest, Hungary
Artist Ervin Loránth Hervé made an amazing sculpture called “Popped Up” that portrays a giant man crawling out of the earth. The polystyrene sculpture is situated at Széchenyi Square in Budapest, Hungary, and was one of the features for the Art Market Budapest 2014 international contemporary art fair.
Vicissitudes By Jason Decaires Taylor, Grenada, West Indies
The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park is a collection of ecological underwater contemporary art located in the Caribbean sea off the west coast of Grenada, West Indies and was created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor.
Raindrop By Nazar Bilyk, Ukraine
Ukrainian artist Nazar Bilyk made this amazing 6-foot tall sculpture called “Raining” using bronze and glass. An immense raindrop stands suspended on the figure’s face as he turns upward toward the sky.
The Shoes On The Danube Bank By Can Togay & Gyula Pauer, Budapest, Hungary
The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a Memorial erected on April 16 2005, in Budapest, Hungary. Conceived by film director Can Togay, he created it on the east bank of the Danube River with sculptor Gyula Pauer to honour the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank.
The Monument Of An Anonymous Passerby, Wroclaw, Poland
The monument is located in the busy section of Wroclaw – the crossroads of Piłsudskiego and Świdnicka streets next to Arkady (the arcade passage). Wroclaw honored in such a way the anonymous passerby who fell under the ground. People who were living at the time of the martial law, know that it is real. The underground is a place where a part of Polish nation came into on 13 December 1981. Wroclaw took part in the anticommunist activity.
Ocean Atlas: Massive Underwater Statue Of Girl Carrying The Ocean On Her Shoulders
Jason deCaires Taylor is in the business of creating surreal and dream-like spaces, and his latest underwater sculpture is no exception. His latest project, called “Ocean Atlas,” saw him submerge an 18-foot-tall, 60-tonne statue of a girl in the seas off the coast of Nassau in the Bahamas. It is currently the largest underwater statue in the world.
The girl in the piece seems to struggle underneath a heavy burden, which is appropriate given that she was named after Atlas, the Greek god responsible for bearing the heavens on his shoulders.
De Vaartkapoen, Brussels, Belgium
De Vaartkapoen” by Belgian artist Tom Frantzen is a humorous statue of a policeman being tripped by a man hiding in a sewer manhole. Created in 1985, the statue is located in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Brussels.
People Of The River By Chong Fah Cheong, Singapore
Chong Fah Cheong is a Singaporean sculptor known for many public sculptures in Singapore. He created the sculptural work made up of a group of five boys jumping into Singapore River, the sculpture shows the lighter side of everyday life around the river in the past. This playful activity was a common sight in the early days of the river, now surrounded by luxury hotels and towering corporate buildings. Chong’s sculpture acts as a reminder of simple pleasures, and shows how much daily life and surroundings in Singapore have changed over the years.
Jaume Plensa Sculptures, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
barcelona-born contemporary artist and sculptor jaume plensa is currently showing his first major UK exhibition at the yorkshire sculpture park in wakefield, england. exhibited in the underground gallery as well as the surrounding outdoor landscape, the collection of sculptures and drawings consists of both recent and new works that encourages its viewers to explore the art in a tactile and sensorial manner.
A Day Out, Adelaide, Australia
The four charismatic and charming pigs that appear to roam Rundle Mall are a favourite with both children and adults. They provide their admirers with rides, hugs and even a place to sit. The pigs seem indifferent to their celebrity as they enjoy a day out in the city.
The four pigs won Adelaide City Council’s Rundle Mall National Sculpture Competition for the upgraded Rundle Mall in 1997. South African-born and Sydney-based sculptor Marguerite Derricourt was the winner. Her four bronze pigs were unveiled on July 3, 1999.
Cattle Drive, Dallas, Texas, Usa
The large sculpture commemorates nineteenth century cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail, the earliest and easternmost route by which Texas longhorn cattle were taken to northern railheads. The trail passed through Austin, Waco, and Dallas until the Chisolm Trail siphoned off most of the traffic in 1867. The 49 bronze steers and 3 trail riders sculptures were created by artist Robert Summers of Glen Rose, Texas.
A Scene From The World War With Real-size Statues, Eceabat, Turkey
A Scene From The World War With Real-Size Statues (Eceabat, Turkey) which can never be forgotten.
Giovanni Maria Benzoni — Veiled Rebecca, 1864
Rebecca’s clothing has multiple folds and waves. Here, the clear effect of multilayered textiles is produced.