10 of the World’s Strangest Monuments and Statues
5. The Traffic Light Tree
If you are not sure exactly when you need to go, do not depend on this traffic light to tell you. If you are passing through the Heron Quays Roundabout located in Canary Wharf, London, this monumental traffic light tree is sure to catch your attention. The lights flash in random sequence and if you are not prepared, you are heading for trouble. Peter Vivantin erected this tribute to the never-ending rhythm of the areas domestic, financial, and commercial activities but most folks think it is just plain confusing. Still, it is something to see. Just don’t let it drive you crazy!
4. Hand of the Desert
Atacam Desert, Chile
In the Atacam Desert in Chile, just 75 km from the town of Antofagasta, the desert landscape stretches for miles in every direction seemingly unchanged except for a human hand that seems to rise out of the sand as you approach. The closer you get, the higher this giant hand seems to reach until you get close enough to realize that a giant human is not breaking through from the earth’s core. The statue aptly named Hand of the Deset, way out in the middle of nowhere is the work of Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrazabal. Infatuated with the form of the human hand as it breaks through the ground, he also has another statue rising from the water in Punta del Este at Brava Beach called Monument to the Drowned.
3. Saint on a Dead Horse
Prague, Czech Republic
I am relatively sure that when Saint Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen he did not see a dead horse. So why is the Bohemian Saint riding one at the Lucerna Palace in Prague? Your guess is as good as anyone’s is but sculptor David Cerny certainly captured the Czech Republic’s imagination. They loved it so much they made it a permanent fixture. The monument stands just a few yards from the original statue.
2. The Child Eater of Bern
Bern Switzerland is the home of the Kindlifresser, although there is nothing kind about it. The Child Eater has stood ominously since 1546 and there is no record of why it was built. There are a few theories of what this monolith represents as it stuffs a half eaten baby into its mouth to the terror of the three crying babies slung over its shoulder, waiting to sate the monster’s appetite. The first and most probable theory is that the older brother of Duke Berchtold went mad with jealousy over his little brother’s rule, which should have been his. He rounded up the children of Bern and ate them. (Not recorded in Bern history achieves) Another theory is that it was intended as a warning to the Jewish community. The monster wears a hat that closely resembles the Judenhut the Jews were forced to wear upon their heads then to set them apart. Finally, the idol may be that of Kronos, the Greek God that ate his male offspring to prevent them from taking his Throne. Either way, this scary monument has been scaring the children and adults for almost 500 years.
1. Love Land
Jeju island, South Korea
Jeju Island is a popular honeymoon destination for the newlyweds in Korea and nearby countries. In the Island there’s a special theme park, the “Love Land”, which, coming from a county where public display of affection are frowned upon makes it even stranger for someone to come up with such concept. In this park everything is sex oriented, with emphasis on the statues scattered around it. From giant vaginas and penises, to every kind of sexual position and kinkiness only found in the naughtiest pages of the Kama sutra this is certainly a unique theme park. Just don’t go visit it with your parents.