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16 Amazing Pieces Of Modern Art From Around The Globe

Modern Art

Public art is an integral part of a city’s identity. In the olden days, the more classical approach to what was considered public art meant that only larger cities could afford the significant expenses for sculptures and statues. Today, the re-appropriation of our squares and streets by modern art meant that even smaller cities with fewer taxpayers can afford themselves more forays in creating their own recognizable landmarks.

We have put together a list of some of the most astonishing pieces of modern art from all around the world. From Maryland to Prague and from Toronto to Wroclaw, check out these monumental tributes to creativity.

1. Awakening
Prince George’s County, Maryland

This 21-meter-tall giant was created by J. Seward Jr. for the East Potomac Park in Washington D.C. The monument was then moved to the National Harbor resort in Maryland.


Source: DC Memorials

2. The Shoes
Budapest, Hungary

This memorial commemorates the execution of Budapest Jews by members of the Arrow Cross Party on the night of January 8th, 1945. People were told to take off their shoes on the bank of the Danube before they were shot and their bodies gulped down by the river. The monument was conceived by film director Can Togay and work carried out by sculptor Gyula Pauer.


Source: Wikipedia | Nikodem Nijak

3. Franz Kafka Monument
Prague, Czech Republic

The monument to one of the most avantgarde writers of the early XX century was placed right below his home window. Kafka would walk across this square most days of his life.


Source: Radio Praha

4. Expansion
New York City


Source: Paige Bradley

5. Love
Nevada, USA

This installation by Ukrainian sculptor Alexander Milov is located in the Nevada Desert at the site where the Burning Man festival takes place.

In the words of the author “it demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature. Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children chart to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives”.


Source: Bored Panda

6. Bus Home
Ventura, California

This sculpture built in 2002 is located at a major bus transfer hub. It was conceived by artist Margaret Hammon.


Source: Public Art Resources

7. The Monument to the Anonymous Passerby
Wroclaw, Poland

This monument was erected in 2006 and honors the imprisoned and disappeared ones during the days behind the Iron Curtain.


Source: det alle logia

8. Man Hanging Out
Prague, Czech Republic

In the old town of Prague, one of the most eye-catching spots is the sculpture of a man hanging from a pole on the side of a house. Made in 1996, it depicts Sigmund Freud and it is meant to communicate the lengths intellectuals have had to go to during the XX century.


Source: det alle logia


Source: det alle logia

9. Maman
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

This enormous sculpture of a spider outside the National Gallery of Canada has been freaking out visitors of the Canadian capital for many a year. Developed by Louise Bourgeois, it depicts motherhood.


Source: Wikipedia | Doalex

10. Popped Up
Budapest, Hungary

This sculpture located in Széchenyi Square was created for the Art Market Budapest 2014 International Contemporary Art Fair by Ervin Loránth Hervé.


Source: det alle logia 

11. Hand of Harmony
Pohang, South Korea

This hand was erected off the coast of Pohang in 1999. It is made out of bronze and granite and represents the continuous effort of all Korean people to lead better, happier lives.


Source: det alle logia

12. Borders Installation
Grant Park, Chicago

Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir has created 26 purposely androgynous aluminum and iron-cast human forms waiting on the passerby’s attention.


Source: Chicago Now

13. The Shark
Oxford, United Kingdom

BBC Radio Oxford host Bill Heine had this 25 ft fiberglass shark sculpture implanted on his house in 1986. He said, “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”. It was designed by sculptor John Buckley.


Source: Wikipedia | Henry Flower

14. Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle at The Fourth Plinth,
Trafalgar Square, London

Yinka Shonibare’s piece reflects on the square’s long history and early beginnings. Trafalgar Square is the most widely used space for public art in Britain.


Source: Rough Guides

15. Mother and Child
Qinghai, China

This monumental cast-concrete work erected in 2007 won the Excellence prize from the National Urban Sculpture Association in 2009. It was designed by artist Zhang Yaxi when the Qinghai Province became a gateway between China and Tibet.


Source: Zhang Yaxi

16. Scallop
Aldeburgh, United Kingdom

Maggi Hambling created this steel scallop shell in 2003. It is her tribute to composer Benjamin Britten who lived in this Suffolk beach town.


Source: Rough Guides

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