Monuments are supposed to be structures built to commemorate a person or event. But we live in a strange world, so once in a while, we come across monuments that make us stop on our tracks, smile, and ask ourselves” what were they thinking?”
Sometimes, it’s the humor and the strangeness of this world that makes it amazing. We have scoured the remotest places in the world to bring you the 15 funniest and strangest monuments you will ever see.
1. Safety Pin – San Francisco, USA
This huge 21-foot “art” statement stands over a walkway along the De Young Museum sculpture garden.
2. Hanging Statue – Prague, Czech Republic
Built in year 1996 and known as “man hanging out”. What seemed like a man committing suicide actually represents the fall of Communism. Everybody can relax now.
3. The Hanging Rhino – Potsdam, Germany
4. World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet – Vermont, USA
11 metal cabinets, 38 total drawers, welded on top of the other. We call that a monument?
5. Spoonbridge and Cherry, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
A giant spoon is holding a giant cherry. Everyday objects made as public art. Pretty creative. Have I said the cherry stem sprays water too?
6. Sculpture of Baby – Derbyshire, UK
This is an oversized statue of a seven-month-old baby. The artist named it “planet”. Let’s ask him why.
7. Magic Tap – Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
A giant faucet, gliding in the air, with an endless supply of gushing water. The trick is the transparent tube hidden in the stream of water. A smart optical illusion, very clever indeed.
8. Charles La Trobe Monument – Melbourne, Australia
A statue to commemorate Lt. Governor Charles La Trobe. Seemed like an ideal purpose of a monument, except that it is turned upside down. A reminder for us to use our heads.
9. Manneken Pis – Brussels, Belgium
Literally means “peeing boy”. Stories abound about the real inspiration of this statue. The most believable is that it’s a homage to children who urinate on leather to make it flexible. Leather jackets anyone?
10. Fountain of the Virtues – Nuremberg, Germany
Built in the year 1589 by the Germans to demonstrate their stature to the world. Not for the feminists.
11. Monument to Le Tour De France – France
This magnificent 59 feet aluminum and steel structure pays homage to the Tour De France. One lingering question though, why are the cyclists naked?
12. Traffic Light Tree – London, UK
Located in a roundabout in the Canary Wharf area in London, it has 75 blinking lights. Motorists complain of having traffic headaches looking at them.
13. Headington Shark – Oxford, UK
A 25-foot shark crashed head first into the roof of a house. It symbolizes the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. It reminds me though of a scene in “Sharknado”.
14. The Thumb – Paris, France
Created by “renowned” French sculptor Cesar Baldacinni, Le Pouce stands in the middle of La Defense business district in Paris as a gesture of good luck. Thumbs up for that.
These monuments are both weird and funny and should be appreciated and enjoyed. Anyways, life is too short to be regarded seriously. So smile. While you still have those teeth.
8 Real-Life Settings Of Famous Paintings
Prepare to be amazed!
Are you a fan of art? Have you ever wondered what it was like creating some of the world's most beautiful paintings?
Here are 8 real-life settings of famous paintings that will probably make you appreciate art even more. These places have inspired some of the world’s most renowned artists such as Grant Wood, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Edvard Munch.
1. Le Café La Nuit (Café Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh)
Artist’s Unique Paintings Capture Twinkling Blurry Beads Of City Lights At Night
These are unique and beautiful.
Philip Barlow is an artist from Cape Town, South Africa. His latest paintings depict out-of-focus cityscapes at night, capturing the twinkling blurry beads of light.
The artist titled the series with one word - "Night." His collection is all about “out-of-focus” snaps of city scenes confetti-like blurry effect. This effect is popularly called bokeh in photography.
Resembling the photographic effect, bokeh, Barlow celebrates “light” as his main subject.
Filipino Artist Makes Dreamy Portraits Of Popular Characters
These are beautiful!
Abigail Diaz, mostly known as Serafleur on social media, is a self-taught artist from the Philippines. She’s been drawing since childhood and was influenced by video games and anime.
In 2011 she started designing digital art and in time gained credit for her works and a following. Currently, Abigail has close to 400k fans on Instagram and her followers are growing fast. Take a look at some of her amazing portraits below.