Modern painters and sculptors have long abandoned the idea that the statue must necessarily portray a beautiful woman or a tall man with a perfectly proportioned body. Sometimes it seems that the creators of competing to see whose vision of the most whimsical and quirky - the only way to explain the appearance of sculptures in the form of giant spiders, poisonous red lobster or disgusting birds.
Apparently, sculptors sincerely believe that their work is decorated with modern city, so I will not criticize the flight of artistic ideas and just look at the strangest statues installed in different parts of the world - from Mongolia to Argentina.
"Truth", Devon, UK
If you want to grab the gun when someone says about contemporary art, the more likely you are already familiar with the works of British artist Damien Hirst and collector. British often criticized for its controversial and shocking ideas that he embodies in his work - which is say, a tiger shark in a tank of formaldehyde, or platinum human skull encrusted with diamonds.
Despite the unique artistic means used by Hirst, his work still finds his fans - power English resort Ilfracombe decided that no one is better Hirst can not decorate their city, resulting in the waterfront there was "Truth" - 22-meter "allegory of truth and justice "(as he called it himself Hurst), depicting a pregnant woman with a sword in one hand and scales in the other. Most likely, the "truth" would not have got into the list of strange statues, but why an artist would want to "remove" half pregnant with skin - on the one hand sculpture looks like a naked woman, and the other is more like an anatomical guide. This vision of the artist had not like many residents of Ilfracombe, who turned to the officials with a request to remove the statue, but the majority of the citizens were in favor of it, so that "Verity" still stands today.
2. "Giant Lamp", Malmö, Sweden
Swedish city of Malmo attracts tourists not only for its unusually warm (by the standards of this northern country) climate and architecture, but also one of the most unusual in the world of monuments - a huge 6-foot lamp that not only illuminates, as befits this lamp, but also able to "talk».
During the year, the lamp "travels" in different streets and squares of the city, but every Christmas always comes back to the original place of installation - at Lilla Torg square.
Monument to enema, Zheleznovodsk, Russia
Zheleznovodsk resorts have long been famous for its mineral springs and the stunning beauty of nature, but who would have thought that the locals have expressed their love for their native city to place a memorial enema!
Giant bronze medical tool that supports three cherub, installed on the territory of one of the resorts. The monument Svetlana Avakova David Begalov argue that the idea of appearance statues prompted them immortal masterpiece Sandro Botticelli's "Venus and Mars". Probably only the enlightened mind of the artist can perceive a connection between the huge enema and paintings of the great Italian, however, the monument has quickly become one of the main attractions of the city and tourists enjoy taking pictures with him.
Monument Sigmund Freud, Prague, Czech Republic
Imagine - you walk around Prague, enjoying the beautiful architecture and outstanding atmosphere of narrow streets of the ancient capital of the Czech Republic, and all of a sudden you see a man who caught on hand for the metal pin, hanging at a great height, and no signs of life. If you are not familiar with the art objects of Prague, most likely first thought will call the police, where a good-natured laugh at you and tell you that "hanging man" - is not nothing but a monument to the prominent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud authored by famous Czech sculptor David Black.
Monument metaphorically depicts the struggle of the great scientist with their own phobias and fear of death, as well as the isolation of the intelligentsia from the people.
"Great lobster", Kingston, South Australia
Residents of Australia to experience strange statues inexplicable love - to take at least a monument located in Melbourne Vice-Governor of Victoria Charles La Trobe, who put sculptor literally upside down, a monument to the wallet in the same city, or a monument in the form of an ax in the state of New South Wales.
A huge lobster height of about 20 m, a width of 15 m and a length of almost 17 meters, set near one of the restaurants in Kingston, unusual even by the standards of the cultural traditions of the Australian antipodes. Despite the obvious grotesqueness and fussiness sculptures, lobster is popular with local residents, they even called him Larry - in Australian English is the name of equivalent treatment "Sir».
"Hare", Nuremberg, Germany
Sculpture, installed in an old German town in 1984 - probably one of the strangest monuments of the famous painter and engraver Albrecht Dürer.
Evil monster "lurking" in front of the house-museum of the artist, vaguely reminiscent of a cute fluffy bunny with drawings made by Dürer at the beginning of XVI-th century. It seems to emphasize the contrast between the hare and Durer monster in modern avant-garde style, the artist placed next to his little hare, but rather a replica of the animal depicted the great native of Nuremberg.
"Floralis Henerika", Buenos Aires, Argentina
By this beautiful name hides none too pleasant view 18-ton flower made of aluminum and steel, the capital of Argentina presented by the architect Eduardo Catalano. Despite the weird proportions of metal "plant" a height of about 23 m, at certain hours to watch the "flower" is quite interesting - in the dark its "petals" are closed and opened at sunrise, in addition, at night the sculpture radiates a few ominous red light, reminiscent of a secret weapon villains from the comics.
According to Eduardo, the sculpture represents "hope spring eternal and all life on our planet." Eyewitnesses claim that even if you know about the architect's plan, looking at the statue still seems that the center of the "flower" in the sky is about to hit the laser beam.
Monument René de Chalon, Bar-le-Duc, France
The small church of French cities is almost the same dozen other Catholic churches - crosses, statues of saints, paintings - all set the standard tourist attractions. However, there is in the church of Bar-le-Duc monument, which surprised and even shocked not versed in the history of Fratsii visitors - in one of the niches of the temple is set half-decayed corpse ... clutching in his hand solemnly stretched up his heart.
Statue dedicated to René de Chalon, Prince of Orange, who lived in the XVI-th century. According to legend, the young man felt that dies when he is not yet, and 30, and bequeathed to portray on the tomb, as it will appear in three years after his death. Premonition did not disappoint the young man - one of the campaigns of 25-year-old prince received a fatal gunshot wound and died after some time, after which the sculptor Ligier Richier had only to do the will of the deceased. His stunningly accurate in terms of anatomy work for more than 400 years of the church makes visitors feel somehow uncomfortable - in fact, this sculpture would suit the anatomical museum, or a hospital, but not the temple of God.
Statue of Genghis Khan, Tsonzhin-Boldog, Mongolia
Within an hour's drive from the Mongolian capital is monstrous size image which in desert steppe looks as strange as if the Statue of Liberty hoisted in the middle of a lunar landscape.
Genghis Khan riding a favorite horse, calm and menacing looks at land held by its historical prototype, as if hinting that none of the rulers of antiquity and modernity not catch up with the founder of the Mongol Empire in the majesty and political weight. Sculpture clad stainless steel, while its height is 40 meters, not including the 10-meter pedestal - not surprising that the monument is considered the largest equestrian statue in the world.
10. "Mother", Ottawa, Canada
On the question of the notorious "view of the artist" - if the word "mother" you immediately spider seems to brood cubs work of American sculptor Louise Bourgeois undoubtedly appeal to you to taste.
Since its first appearance on the public in 1999, the year at an event in «Tate Museum of Modern Art» - British contemporary art gallery, "spiders" Bourgeois had raspolztis worldwide. One of the largest statues of its kind established in the Canadian city of Ottawa, is a bronze spider height of more than 9 meters and 26 spider eggs made of marble. Other "spider" sculpture, smaller size, are part of several traveling exhibitions of the artist, which means soon one of the "Mother" and can visit your city.