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50 Most Fascinating Public Art Around the World

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Some of the greatest art in the world is free and such art can be found in all shapes, sizes, and forms. From eccentric sculptures to symbolic towers to decorative walls, there is a whole world out there that captures the attention and emotions of art lovers, travelers, and residents alike. Most become public attractions that are eventually assimilated into a city’s heritage and culture.

Some of the sculptures mentioned in this article were commissioned by city authorities to either commemorate the rich history of the towns or celebrate the works of notable writers, artists, and activists who contributed great efforts for fundamental causes.

Behold sculptures and figures that made an impactful mark around the world. Some of these sights took decades in the making! Installations such as Chicago’s ‘Cloud Gate’ or ‘Statue of Liberty’ are now identified as city markers.

Such feats would not be possible without the tremendous vision, perseverance, and sparkling curiosity of below mentioned artists and sculptures who’ve turned streets into attractions, hills into symbolic sights, and political agendas into murals.

Each sculpture was born from a unique story and stories continue to be the leading force behind amazing and even bizarre ideas.

Prepare to be mesmerized by 50 of the most fascinating and inspiring public art around the globe!

1.The Singing Ringing Tree by Mike Tonkin

 The Singing Ringing Tree beautifully curated by artists Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu in 2006, sits majestically in the Pennine hill range overlooking Burnley, England.

The 10 feet tall structure is composed of rows of galvanized steel cylinders in such a way that it resembles the shape of an actual tree. Here’s the real magic though – when the wind passes through the sculpture, a tune can be heard almost as if it is alive and singing.

In 2007, the structure was dedicated to the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

2.Les Voyageurs by Bruno Catalano

Les Voyageurs, sculptures of two men with missing torsos holding travel bags in Marseilles, France, is both an ode to new beginnings and a nod to completed journeys left behind. French artist Bruno Catalano evokes sorrowing feelings and memories every traveler feels when migrating to find a home in a new place.

The gravity-defying sculptures carry an air of melancholy and are said to be inspired by Catalano’s real-life nomadic lifestyle, with him traveling, sailing, and moving all his life.

3.Non Violence by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd

Non Violence, also cited as The Knotted Gun, by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd was completed in 1985 and aptly placed by the United Nations Secretariat Building in New York.

The sculpture is a gun with the front end twisted up in a knot. Reuterswärd fashioned this display soon after the murder of his friend, John Lennon. It is a stirring display symbolizing peace and hope for a future free of violence.

4.The Shoes on the Danube Bank by Can Togay

A sight of sadness for most and trauma for some, The shoes on the Danube Bank, by Can Togay and Gyula Pauer, commemorates the tragedy of World War II where hundreds of Hungarians were ordered to leave their shoes on the bank before getting shot.

The strip, completed in April 2005, features 60 pairs of shoes, all made of iron and attached to the stone embankment. 

5.Frank Kafka’s Head by David Cerny

The mechanized kinetic structure of Prague’s most celebrated literary figure Franz Kafka by artist David Cerny is one of the most mesmerizing installations in the world.

Frank Kafka’s Head or ‘Metalmorphosis’ was completed in 1991 and sits in downtown Prague close to where Kafka worked during the day. The bust is a reflection of Kafka’s inner mental torment, capturing the ‘mad genius’ syndrome that plagued him for life. Most of Kafka’s written works revolved around the themes of anxiety, alienation, and absurdity.

The bust is made up of rotating layers of stainless steel that twist randomly and fall into place uniformly to reveal Kafka’s face before disintegrating again. It’s a phenomenal monument mimicking traditional clockwork.

6.The Flying Balloon Girl

Touching tribute to freedom, The Flying Balloon Girl, imprinted on the West Bank Barrier, Palestine, by Banksy in 2005 is a true icon of hope.

The art is an image of a young girl ascending upward holding on to floating balloons. Banksy, a pseudonym for a street artist whose identity is a mystery, is known for leaving prompting imagery based on themes of escapism, barriers, and peace.

7. Declaration by eL Seed

Declaration by eL Seed, a spiraling fuchsia 3D model of Arabic calligraphy is a sight for sore eyes in Dubai Opera, UAE. eL Seed is a renowned French-Tunisian street artist and calligrapher who dedicated this work as an ode to the city he calls home.

The sculpture, completed in 2018, showcases a line from a poem written by the Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that reads ‘art in all its colors and types reflects the culture of the nations, their history, and civilization’.

8.Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate or ‘The Bean

Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate or ‘The Bean’ as it’s now called is a hot tourist spot in downtown Chicago, USA, and a real identifier of the city. The reflective structure was unveiled in 2006 and since then has become a popular hustle and bustle pit stop that pulls a lot of crowd in.

The gigantic 33 x 66 x 43 feet structure was born from Kapoor’s attempt at playing with shapes and experimenting with new architecture perspectives.

9.The Architectural Fragment

The Architectural Fragment, a Melbourne favorite, was designed by Petrus Spronk as part of the Swanston Walk Public Art Project in 1992. The structure is shaped like a monument sinking into the ground outside the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

The word ‘Library’ is etched in a half-buried manner on the top of the sculpture in gold leaf. Spronk was inspired by the ancient architecture of Grecian buildings in Samos as well as Pythagorean calculations founded by mathematician and philosopher, Pythagoras, who belonged to the Island of Samos.

10.Nelson Mandela by Marco Cianfanelli

Nelson Mandela by Marco Cianfanelli is a deconstructed monument that portrays the side angle of the political leader, Nelson Mandela. The structure rests along the road in Howick, a town in South Africa, where Mandela was captured in 1062 by the apartheid security police.

The jagged steel vertical columns mark 50 years to Mandela’s arrest hence 50 columns. Aptly, at first sight, they resemble prison bars but drawing in reveals the shape of his face. The South African artist calls his work ‘Release’ based on the notion of freedom but also on the movement of light in and out the structure from where one stands.

11.The Yellow Pumpkin

The Yellow Pumpkin is an unexpected sight on a beach located in Naoshima Island, Japan.

The sculpture is one of the many similar ones by a female artist, Yayoi Kusuma, who carries an eccentric vision for what art should look like. The pumpkin is of a vivid yellow shade dotted with black spots giving it a very ‘pop’ effect.

It is placed at the edge of a pier facing the most expensive resort on the Island, the Benesse Hotel. Though Kusuma is now recognized as the world’s top-selling female artist, she had a rocky road to fame. Depending on therapy and art to battle mental health challenges, her usage of polka dots on bright color palettes is symbolic of fighting the darkness.

12.Parda Marfa

If you were to cross Highway 90 in the Chihuahuan desert of Texas, you would be a witness to the duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s Brainchild Prada MarfaThe mock biodegradable store, set up in 2005, is a proper boutique showcasing several Prada bags (without the bottom) and 20 right-heeled shoes. The fake store is meant to wither away over time reuniting with the earth and is the artists’ bold take on commercialism and gentrification. 

13.Gustav Vigeland’s 200 mesmerizing life

Gustav Vigeland’s 200 mesmerizing life-like sculptures can be found in the world’s largest sculpture park in Oslo, Norway. The landmark was completed in 1949 – 6 years after the artist passed away, unfortunately.

The bronze stone and wrought iron figures depict mankind in all stages of life from birth to death, experiencing joy, tragedy, fear, and so on. Visitors can see the stone figures playing, couples in love, a man struggling with parenthood, warriors, women dancing, and just about everything that life does and does not celebrate including violence and anger. Vigeland wanted each onlooker to resonate with each emotion represented.

14. Teddy Bear

A rather odd sight for an airport, a giant yellow teddy bear rests under a large lamp in the middle of Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar. Swiss-born artist, Urs Fischer is a fan of contemporary art and practices photography, painting, sculpting, and installation. The 23 ft. tall sculpture looks to be made of regular stuffing but in fact, is created from cast bronze. It was purchased in an auction by a member of the Qatar Royal family for a whopping $6.8 million in 2013.

15.Jacob’s ladder by Gerry Judah

Jacob’s ladder, designed by artist British-based artist Gerry Judah, located in Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, New Zealand is a noteworthy mention. The majestic white tower completed in 2012, stands 111 ft. tall and resembles a silhouette of a floating scarf.

Crafted from a hundred horizontal steel tubes of different lengths placed on top of another, the structure comes together as a curving, shape-shifting body. Overlooking the scenic park, it really is a wondrous sight to behold.

16.Floralis Genérica By Eduardo Catalano

Renowned Argentinian architect Eduardo Catalano’s Floralis Genérica is a commendable work of design. An enormous mechanized structure shaped like a flower sits in a pond outside the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The 43 ft. petals of steel and aluminum open each morning to reveal 4 stamens and closes every sunset since establishment in 2002. It was become a hugely popular photo-op site for visitors and tourists alike catching the demo at dedicated hours.

Catalano is lauded for his understanding of architectural elements of space and structure. 

17.Puppy By Jeff Koon’s Artist

Jeff Koon’s Puppy might be more than just a cute furry pet. A 43 ft. high structure of a West Highland Terrier that was built outside of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain in 1997, sports a flower garden growing over 70,000 flowers in 44,000 lbs. of soil.

The image of the monument has become the national souvenir of Bilbao, being featured on mugs, towels, and miniature figures. Jeff Koon is known for making his mark with mega artworks like flowers and balloon dogs in loud colors that pop in the landscape. 

18.Eight-Legged Spider By  Louise Bourgeois

Another creature guarding the gates of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain is a freakishly real eight-legged spider. The overpowering structure designed by Louise Bourgeois in 1999 is a terrifying sight but holds a personal connection to Bourgeois herself. The spider, Maman, is meant to be protective of her eggs the way a mother shields her children.

The 30 ft. mammoth structure is a reference to her childhood, having to deal with an absent and unfaithful father while relying on the support of her loving, bearing mother. The spider balances on the slenderest of legs, revealing both strength and vulnerability alike. 

19.First Generation By Chong Fah Cheong

First Generation, a sculpture of young boys at the edge of the bridge jumping into a river is a breath of fresh air by artist Chong Fah Cheong. Located in Singapore, the river is an important marker in the history and development of Singapore. Crowds of youngsters used to swim in this river before the 80s era. The work was commissioned by Singapore Tourist Council in the year 2000 as an attempt to depict the period of olden Singapore heritage. 

20.The Wings of Mexico by Jorge Marin

The Wings of Mexico is one of the most “Instagram able” spots in Dubai, UAE. Mexican artist Jorge Marin sculpted the angelic wings in 2018 overlooking the regal view of the grand Burj Khalifa. The wings celebrate triumph, dreams, and the potential of the human spirit. The structure looks extra ethereal during the hours of the night at the heart of downtown Dubai.

21.The Statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree by Antonio Navarro Santafé

The Statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree is a touching tribute by sculptor Antonio Navarro Santafé to the history, culture, and identity of Madrid, Spain. Established in 1967, it represents the city’s coat of arms and is the subject of great folklore. The 13 ft. tall statue of a gigantic bear coming up to a tree in search of fruit can be seen in the public square of Puerta del Sol.

22.The 600 ft. mural of Black Lives Matter by Sophia Dawson

The 600 ft. mural of Black Lives Matter by artists Sophia Dawson, Patrice Payne, and Vijay Mohammad is the largest display of protest through artwork across the streets of Manhattan New York. All letters either highlight a political statement or lament the black individuals who fell victims to systemic racism rooted in the country. This was one of the many murals created across US cities as a solidarity effort following the unjust death of George Floyd in 2020.

23.The sculpture of Brazilian Formula 1 race car driver by Ayrton Senna

The sculpture of Brazilian Formula 1 race car driver, Ayrton Senna, is Paul Oz’s most impressive work to date. In a 1994 race that took place in Italy, the Formula 1 champion was killed in a fatal car crash. Some 3 million people gathered on the streets of Senna’s hometown to mourn and pay their respects. The life-size 60 kg bronze statue that took Oz 12 months to complete was unveiled in 2019, marking 25 years to Senna’s death, and now rests in Barcelona, Spain.

24.Shedding light By Jeff Koon 

Shedding light on another one of Jeff Koons’ public art, the Balloon Flower is a shiny red structure of the most polished stainless steel shaped like a knotted balloon. It sits in a fountain right next to the new One World Trade Center, New York City, and was created as a homage to 9/11 survivors. The glossy installation is definitely an eye-catcher in the vicinity.

25.The Force of Nature by Lorenzo Quinn 

The Force of Nature by Lorenzo Quinn is a daunting statue of what appears to be Mother Earth swinging planet earth with all her might. Quinn’s inspiration lies in the havoc created by hurricanes and wanted to personify the natural occurrence. Currently, there are 4 of these sculptures around the globe – in Shanghai, New York City, Doha, and London.  

26.The Angel of North by Antony Gormley

The Angel of North Britain’s largest monument, The Angel of the North, was modeled by sculptor Antony Gormley after his own body in February 1998. The Angel was a figure of much controversy when constructed but once it found a home in the town of Gateshead, UK it became an identifying symbol of the region. It is deemed as the largest angel structure in the world, weighing 200 tonnes and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art. 

27.the Statue of Franz Kafka

Another sculpture commemorating Franz Kafka can be found in Prague’s Dusni Street where Kafka spent most of his life – also featured much in his stories. Czech sculptor Jaroslav Róna based the Statue of Franz Kafka on a scene from Kafka’s debut novel, Amerika (1927), in which a very tall, headless figure partaking in a rally is supporting a political candidate on his shoulders. Róna completed this piece in 2003 – According to Kafka, the scene in the book signifies the description of a struggle. 

28. Giant ogre-like creature By Ervin Loránth Hervé

Thanks to artist Ervin Loránth Hervé, there is a giant ogre-like creature that’s ascending from the ground with a violent, frightening expression in Budapest. The behemoth stone structure is the attraction of Budapest’s Szechenyi Square where it’s seemingly breaking through the earth. It catches the attention of many tourists and passersby alikeand hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art.

29. The Freedom Sculpture by Zenos Frudakis

Like straight out of a theatre play, the Freedom Sculpture by artist Zenos Frudakis curated in 2001 is a poignant ode to breaking free. Located in Philadelphia, the structure is embedded in a wall with 4 mummified figures, all alluding to one figure trying to release in 4 steps. Upon seeing the composition from left to right, we can judge that the locked figure struggles to tear the hold and is finally victorious in the last frame. Frudakis conceptualized this piece from a personal internal struggle of his own but understood this to be a universal desire and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art. 

30.Alberta’s dream by Jaume Plensa

Alberta’s dream by the Spanish-born world-famous artist Jaume Plensa depicts a bronze figure of a man slouching on the ground, hugging a trunk of a tree in Calgary, Canada. The statue is engraved with the names of Alberta’s cities with ‘Edmonton’ across the front body and ‘Caligary’ on the back. The sculpture is said to have deep political and social references but the true meaning is yet to be known.

31.Green’s Horse bust By Nic Fiddian

Nic Fiddian-Green’s Horse bust is a real sight of majestic grace. Located in West Sussex, England, the structure stands a staggering 35 ft. tall. According to Green, the bust represents the bond between man and horse, with a horse having ‘a greatest effect on man’s destiny. This is one of the many horse structures of Green’s, with several of them depicting the animal face down drinking water, symbolizing tranquility and peace and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art .

32. A-maze-ing Laughter By Yue Minjun

The statues of ‘A-maze-ing Laughter’ are the subject of much excitement in Vancouver, Canada. The sculpture of 14 bronze-cast men laughing in harmony designed after the artist, Yue Minjun, himself has become a local landmark drawing in flocks of visitors and tourists.

The installation was exhibited at the Vancouver Biennale exhibition from 2009-2011 and was gifted to the public of Vancouver by a donation from Chip and Shannon Wilson. The statues are more than just frozen smiles but symbolize the concept of individuality and self-expression.

33. Mustangs By Robert Glen

Robert Glen’s Mustangs will always remain the talk of the artistic sphere. The sculpture of magnificent horses galloping across a body of water just outside of Dallas, Texas. Commissioned to create the piece in 1976, Glen spent a year just researching the behavior, structure, and anatomy of horses. On September 25, 1984, the installation was assembled in a public square, eight years after the conception of the idea. The 9 majestic wild horses are now renowned as the largest equestrian sculpture in the world and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art .

34. Digital Orca by Douglas Coupland

Something out of a video game, Douglas Coupland’s masterpiece, Digital Orca, is an interesting sight of a killer whale mid-leap at the Vancouver harbor overlooking the mountains of Cypress Provincial Park. The structure is fashioned in such a manner that it looks completed pixelated to the naked eye. Commissioned by the city of Vancouver, the piece was completed in 2009. Coupland wanted to create a whimsical sculpture that people could enjoy marveling at and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art .

35 . Les colonnes de Buren By Daniel Buren

Most Fascinating Public Art

Inside the Palais Royal, once the home of Cardinal Richelieu, Former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of France, lies a courtyard of contemporary installations of black and white striped columns called Les colonnes de Buren. Spaced at intervals, with each cut off at different heights, the work of Daniel Buren was a subject of much controversy when set up in 1986. The columns, comprised of marble, are meant to unify the past, present, and future by embodying a deeply historical relationship of underground and street Paris. Though, the sight does appear to be in friction with the 17th-century architectural landmark.  

36.Inside Australia By Antony Gormley

Step inside the largest outdoor gallery, Inside Australia, curated by the ingenious, award-winning artist, Antony Gormley in 2003. Lake Ballard, near Menzies in Western Australia’s Goldfields graces onlookers with one of the most wondrous sights to behold. On the west of the 70-miles long shimmering salt lake appear 51 stick-like figures rooted on plain land. The cast black chromium steel sculptures represent the local residents of Menzies. Gormley wanted the sculptures to be viewed from all angles clearly hence, the leveled ground chosen. The figures are spaced out at 500m and provide the perfect backdrop to the lake, white sand beaches, and Western Australia’s breathtaking landscape and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art . 

37.The sculpture of Cumil the Sewer Worker By Viktor Hulík

The sculpture of Cumil the Sewer Worker of Bratislava, Slovakia is an endearing one. Camil is one of the many statues that Slovak sculptor Viktor Hulík installed as per the city’s request to enhance the look and feel of the town, post-communist period in 1997. The statue appears to be resting his head outside the manhole it is emerging from. His name Cumil actually means ‘watcher’ in Slovak. He welcomes the town passerby with a charming smile and calm aura. 

38.The Dandelion Lights by Mirek Struzik

The Dandelion Lights placed along the Dubai Opera road overlooking the Burj Khalifa are the stuff of fairytale. The 14 whimsical flower structures designed by sculptor Mirek Struzik in 2017 glow in the evening with magical iridescence. The intricacy of the structure along with added light effects has lent itself to become an audience favorite. The large-scale, electropolished stainless steel structures provide an organic sight juxtaposed to the lean and modern infrastructure of the Burj.

39. Stravinsky fountain in Paris by Jean Tinguely

The quirky yet amusing Stravinsky fountain in Paris, France steals all hearts. The disorderly sight of silly, colorful, sculptures resembles the look of a circus. The genius of sculptor Jean Tinguely and painter Niki de Saint Phalle put together elements inspired by Igor Stravinski’s 20th-century classical music – a display of red lips, a treble clef, a mermaid, and other unconventional animal figures that are mechanized and spray water from the fountain. The attraction was unveiled in 1983 and has been the most photographed in the vicinity. 

40. Love Me sculpture By Richard Hudson

Most Fascinating Public Art

Another monument decorating the vicinity of Burj Khalifa, Dubai is Richard Hudson’s Love Me sculpture. The glorious three-dimensional, heart-shaped sculpture is made of mirrored steel and weighs 7000kg. Hudson describes the sculpture as a symbol of peace and love that transcends all boundaries. The 5 meters tall and equally wide structure was unveiled in 2019 and now sits outside the Dubai Mall attracts thousands of crowds and photo captures alike and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art . 

41.Escadaria Selarón by Jorge Selarón

Escadaria Selarón or the Selarón steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of the most striking staircases in the world. Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón has humbly paid this tribute to the people of Brazil. The artist who found a home in the Lapa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro in the ‘80s had noticed the stairs near his residence needed renovation. Little by little, he began covering the steps with bright, patterned tiles mostly bathed in colors of Brazil’s flag – yellow, green, and blue. His pastime turned to a passion project and started gaining attention around the world; people started sending him tiles of their homeland to be embedded in the staircase marking it as a poignant harmonization of unity and culture. The 215 steps are a marvelous sight to lay eyes on.

42.The East Side Gallery

What was once the Berlin Wall is now an open art gallery 1.3 km long showcasing some of the most vivid, thought-provoking, and interesting works of art. When the wall came down in 1989, 118 artists from 21 countries congregated to paint the East Side Gallery.

What manifested were a series of political and social statements depicting freedom and visual protests against extreme regimes. The 1316 meters long remnant of the Berlin Wall was given memorial status in 1991, a year after it was declared as an open-air gallery officially and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art . 

43.Parc Guell by Antoni Gaudi

Parc Guell deserves to be called one of the most fascinating sights in Barcelona, Spain. The 45-acre park meticulously designed by the pride of Spain, Antoni Gaudi, in the early 1900s is the largest public art installation of all time – rich in most exquisite architectural elements. The park features pillared monuments, animal sculptures, and curved walls of the most eye-catching ceramic tiles. The park was initially meant to be a luxury residential complex but the idea was dropped and a famous public attraction was developed. Some 2.9 million tourists visit to enjoy the park each year.

44.The Statue of Liberty by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi

A monument that needs no introduction, the Statue of Liberty in New York is one of the most famous figures in the world arguably. A gift from France to the United States to celebrate 100 years of Independence, the 305 ft. structure took French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi 13 years to complete. To date, the statue of the Roman goddess is seen as a universal symbol of freedom. The colossal structure made of copper with a framework of steel rests on New York Harbour in Liberty Island and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art. 

45.The Sail by Mattar Bin Lahej

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Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej’s calligraphic structures called The Sail standing on waters outside the Address Beach Resort, Dubai is hypnotically stunning. The sail reads the following quote from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – ‘The future will be for those who can imagine, design, and implement, the future does not wait for the future, but it can be designed and built today’. The reflective structure stands 5m high and is curved like a small sailboat.

46. La Défense, Paris By César Baldaccini

When walking through La Défense, Paris, expect to be towered by a giant sculpture of a thumb. Designed by sculptor César Baldaccini in 1965, the thumb stands over 40 ft. tall and weighs more than 18 tonnes. Every crevice and crack on the thumb appears realistically visible. César often liked to work with his hand impressions and create absurdly enlarged structures out of them that have now found a home in many museums and parks around the world. His method of creation? Fashioning objects from scrap metals and industrial materials and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art.

47.Forever Bicycles By Ai Weiwei’s

Ai Weiwei’s installations will always have one thing in common – bicycles. Weiwei assembled a three-dimensional structure of 1200 bicycles on Waller Beach at Town Lake Metropolitan Park in Austin, United States called Forever Bicycles. The installation with cycles stacked in huge numbers resembles a large honeycomb. The art was the Chinese artist’s ode to his childhood when he traveled across Beijing on a bicycle. The magnitude and repetitiveness, on the other hand, alludes to China’s mass production which fuels the manufacturing industry. The installation, however, was removed from Austin due to insufficient funds required to maintain it.

48. Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg

Art can be whatever it wants to be. There is no better example of this than Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry. In the heart of Walker Art Center’s Minneapolis Sculpture Garden rests a giant spoon with a cherry at the tip of it that sprays water into the spoon. The fountain, made of aluminium and stainless steel, was completed in 1998. The cherry alone weighs a shocking 544kg. The playful and iconic structure was inspired by Van Bruggen’s happy memories of childhood during World War II.

49.By the sea In The Year 1997

Sydney’s By the sea annual exhibition is a must-visit attraction for art lovers and adventurers alike. The Bondi beach welcomes visitors to explore the world’s largest sculpture exhibition that stretches 2km along the coastal line. The exhibition features over 100 fantastic and intricate art pieces by Australians and other artists across the globe. The free exhibition has been running every year since 1997. 

50.Clothespin By Claes Oldenburg

Most Fascinating Public Art

Clothespin, designed by Swedish-born sculptor Claes Oldenburg is an enormous peg located at Center Square, Philadelphia. Oldenburg is noted for his attempt at radically altering everyday objects that have eventually now become outdoor monuments. The 45 ft. tall clothespin is meant to be a reference to bridging income level gaps and hence is the Most Fascinating Public Art. 


Stepping off this adventurous journey into the sculpting world of creative geniuses, may your knowledge lead you to visit these well-known landmarks around the world someday.

These artworks help us widen our imaginations, piece together their formations, and reinstate the very fundamental characteristic of art – it can be anything one wants it to be.

That’s possibly the reason why people associate these sculptures with their cultural identity and continue to maintain their upkeep.

These iconic structures evoke joy, positivity, curiosity, and even sensitivity among onlookers but most of all remain memorable in the hearts of many generations. Do you wanna check out 7 Most Powerful Works By Jeff Koons.

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