Safety Pin, San Francisco, USA
Hanging Statue, Prague, Czech Republic
The Hanging Rhino, Potsdam, Germany
The Child-Eating Ogre, Bern, Switzerland
In the Swiss city of Bern, a disturbing fountain depicts an ogre devouring a naked child, while holding an armful of other terrified-looking children. Built in 1546, the Kindlifresserbrunnen, or child-eater statue, is said to depict the story of Kronos from Greek mythology, who eats his children to keep them from taking his throne. There are other legends about the statue’s origins, but regardless of its meaning it remains successful at reminding local children to behave.
Spoonbridge and Cherry,Minneapolis,Minnesota, USA
Spoonbridge and Cherry is one of the feature items in the Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden in downtown Minneapolis. This artwork has been on display for 20 years and is something of a Minneapolis landmark.
Sculpture of Baby, Derbyshire, UK
Magic Tap, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Magic tap, which appears to float in the sky with an endless supply of water. In actuality, there is a pipe hidden in the stream of water.
Charles La Trobe Monument in Melbourne, Australia
In Melbourne, Australia you will encounter the upside-down Monument to La Trobe. This contemporary monument to Charles La Trobe in central Melbourne was removed at the end of June 2006 and has been acquired by La Trobe University. The monument is quite ordinary, but the fact it stands on its head makes it unique.
Manneken Pis, Brussels, Belgium
The statue of a little boy urinating into a fountain, the Manneken Pis, is arguably the most well-known landmark in Brussels. The statue, built in the early 1600s, is thought by some to honor a young ruler who was known for urinating on troops. Others believe it commemorates a missing young boy who was found while peeing in the street, while a third legend refers to a small boy who saved the city from peril by putting out a fire with his good aim.
Fountain of the Virtues, Nuremberg, Germany
In 1589, the iron caster, Benedikt Wurzelbauer, completed the Fountain of the Virtues (Tugendbrunnen), commissioned by the City Council of the Free City of the Empire who had intended to demonstrate their stature in the world.
Monument to Le Tour de France, France
On the highway between Tarbes and Pau at a resting place called l’Aire des Pyrénées you can find this very special monument about the Tour de France named 'Le Tour de France dans les Pyrénées'. This 18m (59 feet) high monument, made of alumina and steel, was realized in 1995.
Headington Shark, Oxford, UK
The Headington Shark, located in Headington, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom, is a 25-foot shark that looks as though it crashed into a houses roof. Bill Heine, the owner of the house designed the shark in remembrance of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
The Thumb, Paris, France
“Le pouce” (the thumb), is an artistic creation by renowned French sculptor César Baldaccini. Designed in 1965, this sculpture weighs 18 tonnes and is 12-meter (39 feet) high.