Amazing sculpture

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Art Friday: Amazing sculpture

Sculpture can be for fun or carry a serious message. Below are some beautiful and touching examples of sculptures that tell a story, some very sad and moving (such as the shoes on the banks of the river), others more light hearted and fun (such as the faceless public servant).

"The monument of anonymous passerby" - Wroclaw, Poland
This monument honours those who were imprisoned, who disappeared, or who got "sucked underground" during the Communist regime.
"People of the river" Singapore

Depicting a long gone era of river life.
"The shoes of the Danube Bank" - Budapest Hungary
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. Sixty pairs of shoes of cast iron are places in memorial for those who died. 

"Les Vigageurs" - Marseilles, France

One of a series created by French artist, Bruno Catalono depicting travellers on a journey "
As though they are leaving a part of themselves behind or as though they are leaving to search for the part of their bodies that is incomplete."
"De Vaartkapoen"  - Brussels, Belgium

The toppling policeman - just for fun!
"Hippos", Taipei, Taiwan
"Sinking Building" Outside State Library -  Melbourne, Australia
"Man At Work" -  Bratislava, Slovakia
In an attempt to create some life in the city center of Bratislava after the fall of communism the locals made some statues to be placed around in the center of Bratislava. Most famous is the statue called Cumil. He dates back to 1997 and is a funny guy looking up from a street manhole. Cumil is lucky to have his head still, as several drivers have crashed with him. That is why he has his own traffic sign now saying “Man at Work”.
"Man Hanging Out" -  Prague, Czech Republic
This particular sculpture in Old Town Prague depicts psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud hanging by a hand and pondering whether to hold on or let go. 
"The Unknown Official" - Reykjavik, Iceland
Whilst other countries countries have monuments to the Unknown Soldier, Iceland has a sculpture honouring -- and lightly satirizing -- the thankless, anonymous job of the bureaucrat. The 1994 sculpture by Magnús Tómasson depicts a man in a suit holding a briefcase, with his head and shoulders subsumed in a slab of unsculpted stone."
"Kelpies" -  Grangemouth, UK (To put this into scale, note the man at the bottom, middle)   
"Rundle Mall Pigs" -  Adelaide, Australia



  1. Those are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. So glad you put the Kelpies in, Jo. They are about three miles away from my home in Falkirk. As we live on top of a hill, when I'm walking my Scottie, Stella, I can look over the valley at them, and they are beautiful.

  3. This is a great art Friday! It evoked many thoughts and feelings for me!! The Polish passerby and the Hungarian shoes are really sad ones. I love the fun ones, though - what a great idea to show enjoyment of life in statues instead of them always being serious or unimaginative or useless shapes! :)

    1. They are quite a mix, the shoes always make me feel very sad and the Polish passerby really does get me thinking. But I do enjoy the funny one:))) I love the one about the faceless public servant!

  4. Very interesting statues! If we make a trip to Dallas area, we'll have to see about going to look at the Mustangs! :-) Imagine us finding out about them from someone in Australia. hehehe


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