10 of the World’s Strangest Monuments and Statues
Typically, monuments and statues are built to celebrate an extraordinary life or commemorate a major event. However, not all of them are about heroic deeds; some even tend towards what is commonplace strange and bizarre, meant to shock and disturb they intend to pass a message that an ordinary monument would not. Here’s a gathering of some of the strangest around the World.
Alliance, Nebraska, USA
Everyone has heard of Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument of mystery in Wiltshire County, England. Well now, there is also a Carhenge. This new monument, built in 1987 by experimental artist Jim Reinders and 30 family members in Alliance, Nebraska, is an exact replica except for the fact they he used old cars, a pickup truck, a 62′ caddy, and an ambulance. The structure is accurately proportionate to the real Stonehenge. The American’s answer to the English Monument, he came up with the idea after his beloved Father’s death in 1962 and is a way to pay tribute to him. The township of Alliance was at first opposed to the idea but are now grateful as they enjoy the tourist dollars.
9. Floralis Generica
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Designed, paid for, and given to the people of Buenos Aries by Argentine Architect Eduardo Catalano, this huge flower actually opens every morning to an incredibly enormous 105 feet wide. When it closes at sunset every evening, it is 175 feet tall. It stands in a pool of water just a few feet away from the Natural Museum of Fine Arts and operates by four pistons that open and close the giant and beautiful flower every day. The motion of the flower mimics the actual motion of a real flower and is incredible to see. The statue weighs an amazing 18 tons. The petals are made of reflective aluminum and you can see the surrounding city in them. The flower opens and closes every day except for May 25, September 21, December 24, and December 31, on which nights it stays open to grace the night with its beauty.
8. The Giant Turd
Ponta Grossa, Brazil
The reason for this bizarre monument to be so low in this list is simply because it no longer exists. Much controversy was generated when the “cocozão” (big turd in Portuguese) was erected; nobody in the region of Ponta Grossa seemed to like its design and concept. For the added irony, Ponta Grossa translates to “Thick Tip” making it even more a joke fodder among other Brazilian regions. However, the monument wasn’t meant to symbolize a turd in the first place. The idea was to represent a mix of the region’s pine trees and rock formations, which, obviously didn’t quite came out as intended.
Tired of seeing the city name associated with a giant turd, some inhabitants set it ablaze in 2009 giving the mayor a good pretext to tear it down for good.
7. Victoria’s Way
The Ferryman of Victoria’s Way has always been a fascinating subject. This character of Greek mythology ferries the souls from the living to Hades in a boat that crosses from life to death is as ominous as he is necessary. The park has many such weird and vivid sculptors from India that now populate Victoria’s Way Park in County Wicklow, Ireland. The half-sunken statue represents to many the disconnected human as he struggles to gain consciousness. They say that the ferryman will never reach the other side while others believe that the statue is actually just rising from the murky depths on his way to ferry more souls. There is even a version that says you must have a coin to give the ferryman or you are destined to walk between worlds forever. Either way, the Ferryman is just one of the strange statues that inhabit the Victoria’s Way Park, the starving Buddha is also a major head turner.
Have you ever seen a bug collection with flies and beetles skewered with pins? You have never seen one like this. It, the pin, rises 23 meters above the courtyard of the Historic University Library in Leuven in Belgium. The work of Belgium artist Jan Fabre, of Royal Palace ceiling fame, (also bugs) is supposed to represent the exact beauty and perfect working mechanism that a insect’s body and a timepiece have in common. It this case, a green beetle is skewered on the giant pin.