Our cities are full of majestic monuments, stunning sculptures and artistic statues, each having a story to tell. Thousands of them have been made but only a few of them are really extraordinary and picture-worthy. That’s why our readers set out to find the world’s most creative statues and sculptures, which add color and emotion to the most boring areas of the cities.
Brought to you by Bored Panda 25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World
"Pumpkin-style" watermelon carvings
, and "watermelon-style" pumpkin carvings
, by 'sparksfly' [more inside]
Arman, a French-born American artist
(given the name Armand Fernandez at birth, later taking the American civil name Armand Pierre Arman) was a notable as both a painter and a sculpter. In his paintings
, he moved objects through ink or paint to make the works, while his sculptures consist of "accumulations
" and/or destruction
of objects. On the larger scale, he constructed the Hope for Peace monument
) and Long Term Parking
. You can read about Arman on his official site
, and The Art Story
Most people visit the city of Burlington, Vermont, for the pleasant waterfront of Lake Champlain, the quirky shops and restaurants on Church Street, and the various cultural benefits that come with being a university town. Those are all the right reasons. I, on the other hand, went to Burlington for the flying monkeys... [more inside]
in Amsterdam, home to Rembrandt's The Night Watch
and Vermeer's The Milkmaid
, among many other masterpieces, today unveiled the Rijksstudio
, 125,000 digitized images of its collections, available in a zoomable interface online or as high-resolution public-domain downloads (account creation required for the latter).
uses everything from wood to cardboard to make incredible kinetic sculptures
using basically ceramic, fur, mixed media, acrylic, wood and light.
Full of contemplative creatures
, Bruno Torf's
Australian sculpture garden
began with just fifteen life
sized terracotta sculptures
. Today there are over one hundred
and fifteen pieces
and Bruno is still
on in. Via
is a French sculpture artist whose work feels like Jules Verne as realized by Tim Burton; the sculptures all share cartoonish steampunk vibe that's really appealing. Sadly, the site is 100% Flash, so no linking to specific favorites, but at the very least the navigation remains fairly straightforward.
that fold-out from flat pieces of stainless steel.
is a London street art project featuring tiny statues of people acting out the daily chores of full sized people (tourists
, etc). Reminiscent of crash bonsai
, or better yet the tiny food dwelling characters
found @ minimiam
If you love gourds but can't stand their gourdly shapes, then Dan Ladd is the artist for you
. By snatching young gourds from their parents & stuffing them into unyielding molds, Dan ends up with remarkable natural
that bear amazing details
hand-made from scavenged parts. Robots
, more robots
, and their pets
. And where there are robots, rest assured, there will be rayguns
(via the eminently readable Drawn!)
Two completely dissimilar yet nifty artists: The twisted ink drawings of Jon Kuta
(big enough to make desktops; Flash interface), and the fabulously lifelike driftwood and bronze sculptures of Heather Jansch
(she really likes horses. Warning: you'll have to side-scroll).
of paperworks (sculptures crafted from intricately cut sheets of paper). shamelessly pilfered via
by David Meanix for such programs as Six Feet Under
David C. Roy - Wood That Works. "All of my sculptures are spring driven escapement mechanisms. Nothing is hidden. Each part of one of my sculptures is essential to the operation of the whole. The relative motion of these interacting parts produces the interesting, some say "whimsical and dynamic" patterns of motion. I am always searching for simple ways to produce complex, yet understandable, visual, and at times auditory, patterns."
Boy, if I were a rich man... [Note: Flash] (via Dublog)
is a site offering "a new type of news media: 3D News." Their mission is "to provide a 3D portal to the latest Pop Culture events. Our sculptures provide a new visually stimulating way of remembering current and past world events." Ethically, their most recent sculptures range from the sick
, to the really sick
. Anyone wager a guess that Jeff Koons
is somehow behind this?
Bonus: they will make custom sculptures
of your friends and family. Looks like Irony's back in town, baby.
Outdoor Sculptures from Australia.
This is a great collection of evocative outdoor sculptures from Australia. The setting is not bad, too. Outdoor art is very well supported in my city
(sorry- no images). Is it a big deal where you live?
Justice Department Coverup
Attorney General John Ashcroft was fed up with having his picture taken during events in the Great Hall in front of semi-nude statues. So he has ordered massive draperies to conceal the offending figures (cost: 8,000 bucks)