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Ten Scintillating Sculptures that will blow your mind

  • 10th Feb 2020
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Ten Scintillating Sculptures that will blow your mind

When it comes to luxurious aesthetics, nothing can ever be enough. And especially with sculptures, the sky is the limit. Literally. No one sculpture can be deemed as the ultimate, since the world of luxury has a myriad of enrapturing shades, each more beautiful than the other.

We might find ourselves lost wading in the endless sea of stupefying beauty, every single creation seeming like a masterpiece; unsurpassable, irreplaceable. Every place in the world has its own unique collection of gorgeous sculptures, and they don’t even have to be at well-known, buzzing tourist spots. One might find a particularly eye-catching and swoon-worthy sculpture even on a secluded little London street.   And although we have undeniably established the fact that it is impossible to determine the best sculpture there is out there, this list is an attempt at condensing beauty into ten fabulous sculptures.


1. The Dancing Fairies


 
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Created by Robin Wight, a UK-based sculptor, these dramatic fairy sculptures truly are a sight for sore eyes. With magical wings that glint in the sunlight, and a dreamy dandelion puff in their hands, these fairies are an absolute enchantment.

Created using a robust steel, they are set for display in the gorgeous Trentham gardens.

 

 

2. Colossus



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This behemoth sculpture of half man, half mountain was erected in the 1500s by Italian sculptor Giambologna. Created as a symbol of the Italian god of the mountains and named Appennino after the majestic Apennine mountains, Colossus is a 35-foot-tall sculpture that can leave anyone bewildered.

 

3.  Juodasis Vaiduoklis or the Black Ghost



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A haunting apparition can be seen hauling itself up from the water in Klaipeda, a picturesque, historic Lithuanian port city. Sculpted by Svajunas Jurkus and Sergejus Plotnikovas, this creepily majestic sculpture is 7.8 feet in height, and seems to be permanently lurking by the bridge, ready to give passer-by kids a good scare. Surprisingly, the story behind this ghost is actually quite happy. As the legend goes, a castle guard in the year 1595 noticed a hooded black creature slinking by the bridge on one of his usual walks by the docks. The ghost-like entity inquired of the guard if the town’s grain and timber supply was sufficient, to which the guard replied in the affirmative. The figure, after ominously warning him that the stocks would soon run low, mysteriously vanished.

 



Since people at that time held the words of ghosts, witches, giants and goblins in high regard, the guard relayed the information to his superiors, and necessary steps were taken to increase supplies.
A period of hunger and shortage followed soon after, from which the town was safeguarded, all thanks to the ghost’s warning. Seems like Klaipeda is much indebted to the black ghost, and therefore- this scarily brilliant sculpture as a token of gratitude.



4. Shoes on the Danube river



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These shoes are a most creative and thought-provoking Memorial erected on the east bank of the Danube in Hungary. Conceived by film director Can Togay, and brought to life by sculptor Gyula Pauer, they honour the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. 


5. Out of Order



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Best known as the twelve tumbling telephone boxes, Out of Order is an iconic sculpture that can be seen at Kingston upon Thames in the UK since 1989. It is one of the best outdoor masterpieces of the creator, David Mach, and serves both as a delight for tourists and an unforgettable source of pride for the whole of Britain.



6. Diminish and Ascend


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Popularly called the ‘Stairway to Heaven’, this sculpture in Bondi, Australia is a most fascinating sight to behold. Reaching 31m in heights, these aluminium stairs, from some angles, give the impression that they are stretching right into the vastness of the sky. David McCracken, the creator, achieved this effect by having fairly regular-sized steps at the base, which slowly narrow to a point at the very end. This stunning optical illusion can leave anyone stair-ing for hours!

 

7. Man Hanging Out


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Created by Czech sculptor David Cerny, this unique sculpture has alarmed passers-by more than a dozen times. What looks like a man on the verge of plummeting to his death is actually a statue of Sigmund Freud. Dangling above a cobbled street in Prague’s Old Town, this sculpture is actually one about intellectualism, and Cerny’s uncertainty about the same.


8. The Headington Shark


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Imagine walking by a street and witnessing something like this. Wouldn’t it shock you out of your wits?! Well Bill Heine, the owner of this house in Oxford, London, only wanted a little something to liven up his humble abode. His friend, John Buckley, a sculptor, installed a shark plummeting through the roof. And boy, did it liven things up! The shark turned the quaint and quiet Oxford street into a remarkable and adored landmark.


9. The Knotted Gun

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This massive Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver was created by Swedish artist Carl Frederic Reutersward. The oversized gun standing in New York has its barrel knotted in a cartoony bullet-blocking twist, the sculpture advocating non-violence. The inspiration for this was globally loved singer-songwriter and peace activist John Lennon’s murder. The knotted gun has been the symbol for The Non-Violence Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes social change through violence-prevention education programs, since 1993.

 

10. Ghetto Heroes Square


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The Ghetto Heroes Square is a Memorial in Krakow Poland, with 33 chairs of iron and bronze. The Krakow Ghetto was one of the five major Jewish ghettos, where Jews were subjugated to exploitation, terror, persecution and was the area where they were segregated into the ‘able workers’ from those who were later deemed unworthy of life.

The Krakow ghetto was liquidated between June 1942 and March 1943, leading to the inmates’ imminent death as they were sent to either extermination or concentration camps.

This Memorial was built in honour and memory of all of the Krakow Jews who were oppressed and killed by the Nazi party.




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Anishka Kataria is a student doing her A levels.Over and above that, she is a voracious reader indulging in everything from thrillers to poetry. She is also an aspiring writer and musician; strumming the guitar & crooning her way through life.... read more


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