Jaw Dropping Sculptures to See around the World
The World is the Amazing place, so is the Human brain and its creation. Here we are talking about Sculptures as a Human Creation. Sculptures don’t just entertain the onlookers; it is also a symbol of the development of any culture. No matter where in the world you are or where are you travelling to, you will definitely find Awe inspiring and Jaw dropping beautiful works of Art forged out of stone, metal or glass by master artists and sculptors.
These sculptors demonstrate the creative capacity of Human Mind.
Let’s have a look at few of the best:
Headington Shark, England
Created by sculptor John Buckley, The Headington Shark is a rooftop sculpture located at 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford, England. The sculpture, which is reported to weigh 4 long hundredweight (200 kg) and is 25 feet (7.6 m) long and is made of painted fibreglass.
2. The Kelpies, Scotland
Designed by Sculptor Andy Scott, the Kelpies are 30-metre high horse heads, which stands next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron in the Helix. The Sculpture is built of Structural steel with a stainless steel cladding and weighs 300 tonnes each.
3. Mustangs at Las Colinas, Texas
Sculpted by Robert Glenn, Mustangs at Las Colinas is a bronze sculpture which stands decorated at Williams Square in Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. It is said to be the largest equestrian sculpture in the world.
The sculpture commemorates the wild mustangs (American feral horse) that were historically important inhabitants of much of Texas.
4. Cloud Gate, United States
Designed by Indian-British Artist Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate is a Public sculpture that is the centrepiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop Community area of Chicago. The Sculpture has been nicknamed as The Bean due to its shape. It is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together; its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It measures 33 by 66 by 42 feet and weighs 110 short tonnes.
5. Diminish and Ascend, Australia
Designed by Sculptor David McCracken, Diminish and Ascend is a part of the Annual Event in Bondi, Australia, named as Sculpture by the Sea. The sculpture, from certain angles, looks like a never ending staircase. The Sculpture is actually an optical illusion. By constructing a modified replica of a staircase that decreases in size as it nears its highest and furthest point from eye-level, it gives off the illusion of an infinite stairway to heaven as the aluminium steps ascend into the clouds without an end in sight.
6. Forever Marilyn
Designed by Seward Johnson, Forever Marilyn is the Giant Statue of Marilyn Monroe. It is a representation of one of the most famous images of Monroe, taken from the Film ‘The Seven-year Itch’. The statue has been displayed in a variety of locations in the United States as well as in Australia.
The statue stands 26 feet tall and weighs 34,000 pounds. It is manufactures of painted stainless steel and aluminium.
7. Les Voyageurs by Bruno Catalano- Different Locations
Les Voyageurs are the eye-catching Hollow sculptures by French Artist Bruno Catalano. The sculptures depict realistic human workers with large parts of their bodies missing.
The sculptures were put on display in Marseilles to celebrate its position as the 2013 European Capital of Culture. They leave room for the imagination – are they missing something, or is it something that these “voyages” have simply left behind?
8. God Of War, China
Designed by Han Meilin, Status of Ancient Chinese Warrior God, Guan Yu stands on a 33-foot pedestal which is designed to look like a warship.
The statue seems to hold a long halberd weapon as the “Green Dragon Crescent Blade”. It is 1320 tonne statue and situated in Jinzhou City in the Hubei Province.
9. Hippo Square, Taiwan
Hippo Square in Taiwan was sculpted to complement the African Animal Area in the Taipei Zoo. The Hippo Square was conceptualised by the former director of the Zoo named Chen Pao-Chung. The square is one of the Zoo’s non-living attractions and is most sought after place for photographers and visitors.
10. Jatayu, India
The Large Bird Sculpture was erupted in Jatayu Earth’s centre also known as Jatayu National Park in Kollam, India. The park sprawls over 65 acres of land and is home to a giant sculpture of Jatayu, designed by Rajiv Anchal.
Jatayu is the Bird from Hindu Mythology Ramayana. The statue is (200 feet long, 150 feet broad, 70 feet in height and having 15,000 square feet of floor area
11. Love by Alexander Milov, Burning Man Festival
A powerful and fascinating Art Project by Ukranian Artist, Alexander Milov is the ‘Love’. The Project was the part of Burning Man Festival in Nevada. It expresses the outer and inner expression of Human Nature. The Demonstration features the man and a woman sitting in disagreement with their back to each other. The inner selves are depicted in the form of children trapped inside the hard metal adult bodies, holding their hands out to each other. Here is what Milov wrote about the piece on the festival’s website: “It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature. Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children chart to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives.”
12. Magic Tap Fountain- Different Locations
The Magic Tap fountain is a clever illusion that can be seen at various locations. It is a mysteriously hovering faucet above a pool or basin with an endless supply of water gushing out from nowhere. It remains steady despite having no visible support. Several giants floating tap fountains can be found in Spain, Belgium, US and Canada.
13. Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Africa
The Sculpture of Nelson Mandela is located at Nelson Mandela Capture Site, approximately five kilometres outside Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, in Africa. It is a collaboration between artist Marco Cianfanelli and Jeremy rose.
The sculpture comprises 50 steel column constructions, each between 6.5 and 9.5 metres tall, set into the midlands landscape. The approach to the site, which has been designed by Mashabane Rose Associates, leads one down a path towards the sculpture where, at a distance of 35 meters, a portrait of Nelson Mandela, looking west, comes into focus. The 50 linear vertical units, line up to create the illusion of a flat image.
14. Rubber Duck Sculpture- Different Locations
Rubber Duck sculptures are several giant floating sculptures designed by Dutch Artist Florentijn Hofman. These rubber ducks have been built in various sizes in different locations. The largest rubber duck was seen in Saint-Nazaire, France. Other locations where the rubber duck has been seen are:
Japan, United States, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Brazil and France.
15. The Caring Hand of Glarus, Switzerland
The Caring Hand Is the work by Eva Oertli and Beat Huber. It is a hand rising from the ground and gently wrapping its fingers around a tree. The sculpture sends a message of environmental responsibility and care. It is located in the region of Glarnerland which is just one hour away from Zurich by train.