From Marseilles to Melbourne, Vancouver to New York City, here are 11 Sculptures Around the World That Will Keep you Enchanted.
Our journey begins is Les Voyageurs, by French artist Bruno Catalano, in Marseilles, France. The sculpture is meant to evoke memories and parts of themselves that every traveler inevitably leaves behind when they leave home for a new shore.
Transcendence by Keith Jellum. Located in Portland, Oregon, this 11-foot-long sculpture of a salmon was hand-fabricated in bronze. Pacific salmon can be seen leaping through the air at Willamette Falls, roughly 14 miles south of the city.
Nelson Mandela by Marco Cianfanelli. Located near Howick, South Africa, the sculpture was commissioned by Cultural Mechanics, a group that funds cultural projects for governments around the world. Cianfanelli’s work is positioned along the R103 road where Mandela was captured by apartheid security police in 1962; after his arrest, Mandela spent the next 27 years in prison.
Digital Orca by Douglas Coupland. beautiful and bizarre at the same time this work of digital-looking art was commissioned by the city of Vancouver to overlook the harbor and the mountains of Cypress Provincial Park. Made of steel armature with aluminum cladding and black and white cubes, the sculpture has become an attraction for tourists and locals alike.
First Generation by Chong Fah Cheong.The spirited sculpture, which was commissioned by the Singapore Tourism Board, depicts a group of boys jumping into the Singapore River, not far from the Fullerton Hotel.
Balloon Flower (Red) by Jeff Koons. This public sculpture is set in the shadow of the new World Trade Center in New York City. The work was commissioned by Larry Silverstein, the businessman who famously signed a lease for the original towers several months before the attacks of 9/11.
Mustangs by Robert Glen. This incredible bronze sculpture, which was commissioned by the city of Las Colinas, Texas, depicts nine wild mustangs galloping through a fountain.
The Architectural Fragment by Petrus Spronk. Located in Melbourne, Australia, this sculpture that’s apparently buried underground stands before the state library of Victoria. It’s meant to symbolize the downfall of civilization while mentioning to the transience of the present. The city commissioned the work as part of a larger public art project in 1992.
The Knotted Gun by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. Aptly located next to the United Nations in New York, the sculpture has come to represent hope for a nonviolent future. The piece—commissioned by Luxembourg as a gift for the UN—has been cited as one of the inspirations behind the arms-to-art movement.
Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor. This 110-ton elliptical sculpture as is located in Millennium Park and reflects Chicago’s famous skyline—as well as the faces of visitors as they walk under the 12-foot high arch. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture measures 66 feet long and 33 feet high.
Metalmorphosis by David Černý. This impressive sculpture was commissioned by the American Asset Corp. for a 200-acre corporate plot in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 14-ton artwork is made from stainless-steel layers that rotate 360 degrees, occasionally aligning to create a massive head. The sculpture even displays its own webcam.
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