Usually, the notion or definition of a monument is something beautiful, interesting, celebrating and commemorating a point in human history that was crucial or important. I guess unique is also part of the equation, which is what this particular list is all about. Every now and again you’d just like to see something a little different, so you’d better be ready for the 10 strangest monuments you’ll ever lay eyes on!
10. The Crazy Horse Memorial – Black Hills, South Dakota
Other than size, there’s nothing visually bizarre about the monument to Crazy Horse. However, Crazy Horse was a war leader of Lakota Native Americans that led his warriors against the United States government to battle intrusions on their lands and way of life. It makes one wonder why he would receive one of the largest monuments in America. What’s also strange is that it’s been in the works for 66 years and it still isn’t finished.
9. Kindlifresserbrunnen – Bern, Switzerland
The name of this fountain translates as “Fountain of the Eater of Children”. It depicts an ogre eating a naked baby with another sack full of delicious babies slung over his shoulder. I’m not sure what this monument is supposed to symbolize, but I think we can all agree it’s weird. Speculations? There are plenty, but let’t not go there.
8. Statue of Saint Wenceslas riding a dead horse – Lucerna Palace, Prague
In Wenceslas Square, a glorious statue of Saint Wenceslas riding a horse stands tall in Prague’s historic center. Wenceslas was the patron saint of Bohemia, and his horse appears to be dead, strung up upside down by its feet while Wenceslas mounts its stomach. Sculpture Dave Cerny, the mind behindthe art, has yet to divulge the true meaning of the parody piece.
7. Boll Weevil Monument – Enterprise, Alabama
This odd monument is located in Alabama and is dedicated to an insect that destroyed all their crops. After the boll weevil destroyed the crops in 1915, a man by the name of H.W. Sessions found a financial backer and had the land converted to sustain peanut farming. In honor of this new found prosperity, the town built a monument to the boll weevil in the center of the business district.
6. Carhenge – Alliance, Nebraska
In the High Plains of Alliance, Nebraska stands Carhenge. Built out of 38 vintage automobiles covered in gray spray paint and arranged to look like an exact replica of England’s Stonehenge, Carhenge was conceived and constructed in 1987 as a dedication to creator Jim Reinders’ father.
5. Enema Monument – Zheleznovodsk, Russia
In a city in Russia there is a monument to the enema. If having a statue of an enema ball isn’t strange enough for you, it’s hoisted in the air by cherubs that, according to creator Svetlana Avakina, are inspired by the cherubs of Renaissance artist Allesandro Boticelli. The city is best known for its spas that use fresh mountain spring mineral water in their enemas, so basically this is a marketing a strategy – at best.
4. Giant Gundam Robot – Tokyo, Japan
On an Odaiba Island in the middle of the Tokyo Bay rests a place that can only be described as “heaven for Gundam fans”. Many attractions at The Gundam Front are inspired by the vastly popular and long running Mobile Suit Gundam series of animation and elaborate model kits. A 43-foot tall scale replica of the fictional Gundam Mecha known as RX-78-2 is right there, impressing everyone with its light and sound show.
3. The Headington Shark – Headington, Oxford, England
The Headington Shark statue was created on the 41st anniversary of the atomic bomb dropping on Nagasaki. According to artist John Buckley, “The shark was to express someone feeling totally impotent and ripping a hole in their roof out of a sense of impotence and anger and desperation.” I guess that’s one way to put it.
2. Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park – Off the Coast of Grenada, Caribbean Ocean
Just off the west coast of Grenada, beautiful statues rest in the waters where they can be accessed only by scuba divers. Most of the statues were made of cement by artist Jason deCaires Taylor and depict locals going about their daily lives. What’s truly beautiful is that, over time, they’ve accumulated oceanic growth that makes them truly one of a kind.
1. Manneken Pis – Brussels, Belgium
This statue isn’t too bizarre. It depicts a boy peeing; at 61 cm in height it isn’t even very tall. No one is a hundred percent sure why the statue was made or what it represents but one story suggests that a local had lost his child. Not the most artistic statue.