There are unique statues all over the world, and nearly every city has its own assortment of awesome and breathtaking monuments. However, some statues stand out so distinctively that they become a tourist destination themselves. These 19 international statues and monuments have to be seen to be believed!
Located in Marseilles, France, Les Voyageurs is a mind-bending, breathtaking stature set along the shore. It features a life-sized man with seemingly no torso, and this creates a picture perfect view no matter the weather. The illusion is created by having the man’s upper body and arm connected to his two legs by a briefcase.
Whimsical humor has never been so artful! De Vaartkapoen, in Brussels, Belgium, is a sidewalk statue that shows a man escaping from a manhole while grabbing the leg of a tumbling policeman. This statue is surprisingly funny for tourists, and it presents the locals with a lighthearted reminder that their city is truly one of a kind.
Melbourne’s State Library has more than just books and art: it also has a breathtaking statue situated between two park benches. This surrealist sculpture portrays another historic state library sinking into the concrete. It’s an unexpected sculpture for tourists, and for locals it remains an interesting sculpture that greatly enhances the surrounding park.
Prague is a wonderful city full of whimsical surprises. In a city full of cartoonish fountains and unexpected architecture, it’s hard to find just one sculpture that rises above the rest. However, the Man Hanging Out statue is the perfect reminder of Prague’s charm. The statue shows a life-sized man holding onto a pole between the roof’s of two buildings, and it’s location in a side-street make it the perfect gag for tourists.
Located in the heart of Amsterdam, Iguana Park is a great attraction for kids and families alike. Featuring rather large iguana sculptures that look in-motion, Iguana Park is both exciting and unexpected.
On an unassuming street in Taipei, visitors are treated to cast-iron hippo sculptures that seemingly break through the ground. This surrealist design is not only pleasant for the eyes, but also a joy for kids to run through and enjoy.
South Africa has a number of statues and monuments devoted to Nelson Mandela, but none are as nice as the one found just outside the city. Featuring over a dozen separated cast-iron poles, this monument shows Mandela’s facial profile but only when looking at it at the right angle. From any other angle, the poles appear lifeless to expresses just how fragile life really is.
Located on a dock in Klaipeda, Lithuania, Black Ghost is a must-see statue that is host to local legends and folklore. The statue portrays a cape rising from the water onto the dock, and although holding a lantern, the cape is filled with nothing but air. Creepy at night but marvelous in the day, Black Ghost is one of Lithuania’s most celebrated statues!
Located in Pennsylvania, this statue shows the progression of a mummified person on the wall eventually breaking free from their mold. The final culmination of the four stages is a person running free in the sidewalk. Both inspiring and artistically fantastic, Break Through From Your Mold is an essential sight in downtown Pennsylvania!