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Bizarre, Wacky & Awesome: Public Art Around the World

Anish Kapoor Futuristic Art

“Orbit,” a futuristic public art concept by Anish Kapoor. Anish Kapoor

Art (literally) comes in all shapes, sizes, mediums, and perspectives. Similarly, public art fulfills a variety of purposes: it brings color to dark cities, visually comments on important social issues, creates conversation between people and their surroundings, and entertains both locals and tourists. No two pieces are quite alike, as much of the art is in direct conversation with its surroundings. But don’t take our word for it. Here are some of the world’s most intriguing, beautiful, bizarre and historic public art installations.

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Public Art by Ervin Loranth Herve

Designed by artist Ervin Loranth Herve, "Popped Up" was revealed in Budapest, Hungary as a highlight of the region's international art fair. Source: Bored Panda

Public Art Canada

This colorful city artwork was installed by artist Jose Luis Torres. Source: Les Passages Insolites

Public Art in Australia

This mall in Melbourne welcomed spring with a colorful installation of umbrellas. Source: Weekend Notes

Mehmet Ali Uysal

While this massive clothespin looks like it's pinching the grass of this Belgium park, it's really just an illusion. Source: Shellvpower

Oliver Voss Germany

Oliver Voss installed this bathing beauty in Alster Lake, Germany. Measuring in at more than 13 feet tall, it was hard to miss while it was on display. Source: Breaking In

Japanese Robot Public Art

Standing at about 60 feet tall, this Gundam Robot sculpture was erected in Tokyo park, Japan. Source: Yahoo

Janet Echelman Public Art

Artist Janet Echelman creates aerial sculptures like this one as an attempt to bring softness to harsh, hard cities. Source: Sijalica

Fountain of the Virtues

The Fountain of the Virtues was created back in the 16th century. While it has great cultural and historical significance, it's also a bit... odd. Source: Flickr


Located in Los Angeles, this iconic installation by Chris Burden has appeared in a number of movies. Source: Ari Cox

Yarn Bombing Public Art

Even with the help of four assistants, it took Olek two days to cover this Polish train in yarn. "Yarn bombing" is a specific type of public art in which the artist crochets or knits in a public space. Source: Open City Projects

Palo Alto Public Art

What's ordinary in the daytime becomes magical at night. "Brilliance" was designed by Joe O'Connell, and features multilingual sayings. Source: WBUR

Eggcident by Henk Hofstra

Designed by Henk Hofstra, it's easy to see how this art installment got the name "Eggcident." Source: Wooster Collective

Denver Airport Horse Statue

Colorado natives love to hate this red-eyed, anatomically correct mustang statue that's displayed outside the Denver International Airport. Source: 12160

Blue Bear Public Art in Denver

On the other hand, this 40-foot-high sculpture of a blue bear received a much warmer welcome when it was installed in downdown Denver, Colorado in 2005. Designed by Lawrence Argent, the sculpture brings color to an otherwise drab street. Source: Artists and Thieves

Awesome Public Art Alabama

Bill Fitzgibbons was commissioned by city officials from Birmingham, Alabama to spruce up an abandoned underpass. He went above and beyond, creating this awesome Art Deco masterpiece. Source: This is Colossal

The Thumb Public Art in Paris

Cesar Baldaccini's thumb sculpture in Paris frequently tops lists of the world's most bizarre public art. "Le Pouce" (aka "The Thumb") weighs more than 18 tons and protrudes 40 feet into the air. Source: Windy Sky

Art by Alexander Calder

This modern sculpture, dubbed "Flamingo," was designed by artist Alexander Calder. You can find it in Chicago, Illinois. Source: Glasstire


Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos painted these trees in Seattle as part of his international project titled, "The Blue Trees." The project attempts to draw more attention to deforestation and its impact on our world. Source: Pride in Photos

Digital Orca Sculpture

Douglas Coupland's "Digital Orca" brings joy (and tourists) to Vancouver, British Columbia. Source: Wikipedia

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Claes Olderburg is known for creating large-scale renditions of ordinary objects. "Spoonbridge and Cherry" was erected in Pennsylvania in May 1988. Source: ArtsConnectEd

Piss Fountain Prague

Found in the Franz Kafka museum in Prague, it's easy to see how this sculpture got the name "Piss." Source: Tripomatic

Klaus Weber Fountains

London loves "The Big Giving," which was designed by Klaus Weber. The sculpture features a number of men and women spewing water from various body parts. Source: Judy van der Velden

Cloud Gate is The Bean

Despite being called "the bean" by just about everyone, the name of this Chicago sculpture is "Cloud Gate." Source: Minimal Exposition


In this public art installation by Alicia Martin, thousands of books spew from a window in Spain. This installation is part of her project "Biographies." "Source: Rebloggy


Located in Melbourne, Australia, this public art was designed by Deborah Halpern. Source: SmugMug

Public Art in Brazil

"Nuvem" was installed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2008. Source: Carbono


This Russian sculpture was erected as a monument to Stepanych the plumber. Locals say that if you give him a hug, you'll avoid future plumbing problems at home. Source: Weird Russia

San Jose Hands Mural

Designed by Christian Moeller, this massive mural stands at the enterance of Mineta San Jose International Airport. Source: YouTube

Florentijn Hofman Slugs

Designed by Florentijn Hofman, these "Slow Slugs" were created out of more than 40,000 plastic bags. Source: Gessato

Lorenzo Quinn London Park

A child's hand holds a Vespa in this public art from Park Lane, London. Source: Lorenzo Quinn

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The Moped Diaries, A Short Film

The Moped Diaries, a short film about youth, movement, and growth.

This short film by shows a young boy whose world suddenly becomes larger when a bridge is added to connect his island to the mainland. With it comes change, separation, and movement– he has to decide whether or not to stay home a boy or to venture out into the world as a man.

Source: Lucky Treehouse Productions

The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition Has Returned (And We’re Excited)

Summer Exhibition 2015

A preview of the 2015 Summer Exhibition. Source: Telegraph

At the Summer Exhibition, thousands of pieces of art drape the walls, carefully pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Various rooms house art of all mediums—sculptures, paintings, media and statues—each with a different theme. As a tradition, “restorative” beef stew is served during the hanging, and unlike most exhibitions, people are able to purchase the art that they admire.

Painting Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881

Painted by William Powell Frith, “A Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881” depicts a group of high-class Victorians taking a private tour of the 1881 Summer Exhibition. Source: Wikipedia

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