It’s incredible how much a stationary, lifeless object can affect our thoughts and feelings. We might burst into laughter, start crying or be left speechless because of a sudden realization, or simply dazzled by the beauty we see. And we hope that the amazing sculptures we’ve found will leave you in awe as well.
1. Building Bridges, Italy
Building Bridges in Venice is Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn’s project. The hands represent the universal values of friendship, wisdom, faith, help, love, and hope. They come together to symbolize people overcoming their differences in order to make the world better.
2. Wat Samphran, Thailand
Wat Samphran is a Buddhist temple located in Thailand. It’s 80 meters tall and the dragon sculpture that curls around it contains a spiral staircase.
3. The Awakening, USA
The Awakening, located at National Harbor in DC, is a sculpture of a giant stuck in the ground trying to free himself.
4. Jadayupara, India
Jadayupara is the largest sculpture of a bird in the world.
5. Vigeland Park, Norway
This piece is part of the largest sculpture park by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland. The installation consists of 212 sculptures, depicting people at various stages of life and examining human relationships.
6. Bregenz Festival, Austria
Bregenz Festival is an annual performing arts festival. Every year they decorate a floating stage which is a work of art in itself. This particular one, used in 2011 and 2012, was inspired by Jacques-Louis David’s painting, La Mort de Marat.
7. Cabeza Vainilla, Mexico
Cabeza Vainilla is a bronze 3-tone sculpture that symbolizes the greatness of humankind. It is exhibited outside, thus creating a public space and allowing people to interact with it.
8. Le Corbusier, USA
The blue man is a French architect, Le Corbusier. This sculpture by Xavier Veilhan is intended to pay homage to the masterful artist.
9. La Pleureuse, Japan
La Pleureuse is a sculpture by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, which is on display in the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan.
10. Behind the Walls, USA
“Sometimes, our hands are the biggest walls. They can cover our eyes, and we can blind ourselves to so much of what’s happening around us. To me, it’s an obsession to create a beautiful object with a message inside,” says Jaume Plensa regarding his work, Behind the Walls.
11. The Sun Spot, USA
The Sun Spot by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan is a 20-foot-tall dog sculpture displayed outside the Denver Animal Shelter.
12. Bregenz Festival, Austria
Here’s another floating stage from the Bregenz Festival. The set design features 2 huge hands from the classic opera, Carmen.
13. Ocean Atlas, The Bahamas
Ocean Atlas is the largest underwater sculpture in the world. This artwork is 18 feet tall and depicts a local Bahamian girl carrying the weight of the ocean on her shoulders, a reference to the ancient Greek myth of Atlas, the primordial Titan who held up the celestial spheres.
14. Possibilities, South Korea
Possibilities, another piece of art by Jaume Plensa, is a sculpture of a man-made of the letters of the Korean alphabet. Those who know the language can discover beautiful words like peace, love, and friendship.
15. Rabarama sculptures
Rabarama is an artist that creates sculptures of men and women that have various colorful patterns, symbols, and letters on their skin. Their bodies are often contorted as if they were doing yoga or some other kind of exercise.
Which artwork amazed you the most? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!