Strange Statues

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I found this site interesting:

Strange Statues From Around The World

Link is dead. See later post for update on accessing the archived version.


Some are merely interesting, others pretty weird, while others are quite horrifying! I imagine myself walking by some of them and pretending to be nonchalant whilst quietly muttering "It's ok, it's not real". I'm going to keep my eyes open for any strange statues in my area, though I doubt I can top those.
 
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Cool! Nice to see the one of the shark in the roof, it's near where I grew up.
 

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I reckon a lot of those wouldn't be allowed in UK because of Health and Safety regs:

"Some pedestrian might trip over that; blind people might walk into that and injure themselves; ...etc" :roll:
 

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'Some people might wet themselves laughing at that' :lol:

The naughtily-altered one is clever. I wouldn't have known it wasn't real if I hadn't seen the unaltered picture first. ;)
 

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escargot1 said:
'Some people might wet themselves laughing at that' :lol:

The naughtily-altered one is clever. I wouldn't have known it wasn't real if I hadn't seen the unaltered picture first. ;)
OK I'm thick, which one was altered?
 

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liveinabin1 said:
escargot1 said:
'Some people might wet themselves laughing at that' :lol:

The naughtily-altered one is clever. I wouldn't have known it wasn't real if I hadn't seen the unaltered picture first. ;)
OK I'm thick, which one was altered?
...and did Techy bloke alter it?

(I'm guessing it's the one with the thumb on the wrong side....)
 

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Oh, a few of them are in this city. And I´ve seen a few of the Prague ones. There´s some statues in Netherlands they could also put in. But what wonderful creativity these people have shown.
 

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I found these ones most disturbing. They just seem ...unnecessary.

Woman sucked into floor

upside down horse, urinating mummy, giant black babies?

Freemont Troll *shudder*

pasty face and pointing hand of drowned body

Giant square head - why?

Virgin mother - horror!

last four photos - unspeakable horror!

Just very ugly disembodied parts

Where I'm from I've never come across structures quite so - unusual. Maybe that's partially why they bother me so much, but I cannot imagine encountering these on a regular basis, say on my commute to work for instance. Would drive me crazy. There's a psychology study in here somewhere.
If anyone knows the story behind any of these statues please share.
 

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There is a statue in Copenhagen which looks like a man peeing up against a building.
 

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This was the best I could find for a statues thread, but have a look at this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_Memorial

I read about that statue in a Reader's Digest compilation published in the 1970s, when it said it was uncompleted and was represented by a painting of what it was going to look like. Now I would have thought it was nearly finished by now, nearly half a century later, but nope, have a look at the photo at the link, all they've got done is the face! Doesn't seem to be an abandoned project, either. Very odd.
 

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This was the best I could find for a statues thread, but have a look at this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_Memorial

I read about that statue in a Reader's Digest compilation published in the 1970s, when it said it was uncompleted and was represented by a painting of what it was going to look like. Now I would have thought it was nearly finished by now, nearly half a century later, but nope, have a look at the photo at the link, all they've got done is the face! Doesn't seem to be an abandoned project, either. Very odd.
I was just up there and it's quite impressive. The reason it is taking so long to complete is because it is not state or government funded. It is funded entirely by private donation and so forth. The guest center has a large and lovely collection of Native artifacts. It's not because the builders are slackers it's because America has a complicated and usually shameful relationship with Native Peoples.
 

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I was just up there and it's quite impressive. The reason it is taking so long to complete is because it is not state or government funded. It is funded entirely by private donation and so forth. The guest center has a large and lovely collection of Native artifacts. It's not because the builders are slackers it's because America has a complicated and usually shameful relationship with Native Peoples.
I understand that a lot of Native Americans are themselves opposed to the sculpture (for some reason).
 

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Here's the statue of the explorer Matthew Flinders at Euston station.

It shows Flinders in a very active pose, accompanied by his cat Trim. Trim gets lots of love and strokes from the travelling public. I always give him a little head-rub as I pass.

OK, nothing really weird, but wasn't it nice to include the cat in memorial! :)
 

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I understand that a lot of Native Americans are themselves opposed to the sculpture (for some reason).
Fascinating- the same case, then, as with some of the stricter branches of Islam?

Without falling down the firey pits of racist stereotyping, I wonder how that squares with totems and shaman masks, both of which I consider to be scuplture?

A much-stranger highly-Fortean statuetic concept was grabbing my attention online recently, but my last mobile device disaster has lost me all my references to it.

I cautiously re-offer it up here, with plenty caveats as to the absolute provenance of the idea (please don't shoot the messenger- but you won't, because you're an open-minded Fortean).

What this theory was proposing is that there are many statues in Europe (of a post-classical, post-renaissance origin) that are physically-impossible to have produced.

What intrigued me about this gripping, improbable assertion is, firstly, the way in which the concept was much-more nuanced than the tired old 'sky-gods-made-the-pyramids-and-standing-stones' faux types of propositions.

Not a naive underestimation of human creativity and wit, but instead a set of (apparently) detailed semi-scientific analyses of a number of large extant statues, made from stone or metal as recently as say 1650-1850 for which no technological explanations as to their method of construction are known, nor can yet be determined.

Quite aside from guild secrets and lost artistic techniques, this struck me as being a fascinating Fortean mystery staring Us contemporary creatures straight in the face.

I struggle to fully recount precise details or a specific example, but here goes:

  • Bronze statues of layered complexity that are topologically-impossible to cast. Metal representations of cloth, silk, mesh, hair, that are integrally-cast, with subordinate levels of inaccessible impossible perfection (undercuts, hidden detail, perforation, cross-sectional accuracy) beyond any level of explanation
  • Details on stone carved statues that as well as being anatomically-perfect include levels of detail such as skin pores, veins, layering, again defying any degree of meaningful explanation as to method
  • Massive scales of structures presented at heights upon vast pillars (please: I'm as reductionist and doubting as the next Fortean inquisitor, probably much more so....there had been some serious modern-day physics and maths analysis applied to attempting an explanation as to methods of installation (based upon every conceivable mechnical leverage/heights/counterbalance method, obviously using modern computational modelling, and the examples they considered couldn't even begin to be explained)
I think we're talking Italy, France, Russia, possibly Germany. Less so Britain or Scandanavia.

I wish I could rediscover the original articles. Surely someone on FTMB has also stumbled upon them, or this tantalising concept (which I'm struggling to recount, here).

And please: in responding, let's not just use knee-jerk defensive demystification, here. Of course, we are all grown-ups on this board. The truth is all that truly counts.

We understand, as a foundational context, that latter-day previous societies had vast resource pools of people, and all the time in their world.

This appears to be something perhaps substantively way beyond that (so, no "they used sand ramps and wet rollers" pseudoreductionist apologeticas, please)
 
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I agree with you (not just because of my Ancient Aliens leanings). There are a lot of odd statues and even paintings that bring the phrase "not made by human hand" to mind. One off the top of my head is the Italian 'artist' who made corpse sculptures so disturbing and lifelike they used to say he learned from the Devil. I think back in the late 1700s. But we will never know how he did it because he died young, his technique died with him and only a couple pieces are left. Which is good/bad because they are kind of morbid and gross.
 

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Relevant Section:

Luis Jiménez, a New Mexico sculptor, died in 2006 after the a piece of the horse fell on top of him, pinning him to the ground, local news station The Denver Channel reported at the time. He was 65.

He had been working on the sculpture for more than the decade when the accident occurred, and received $300,000 commission. At the time, he was facing lawsuits for not finishing the artwork on time.

It was later assembled and displayed at the airport, to the horror of Denver citizens.

"The horse's cobalt color, glowing red eyes, and fierce face immediately attracted public ire," according to Slate. "In addition to railing against the Blue Mustang's ugliness, Denver residents have voiced concerns that the horse is cursed due to its role in Jiménez's demise."
 

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Russian farmer makes statues out of animal poo

Mikhail Bopposov is the farmer behind the unusual creations in the village of Uolba in north-eastern Russia’s Sakha Republic & gets his inspiration to create his poo sculptures from the Chinese calendar.
Video link is dead, so it's been removed. Go to the webpage linked above to see photos of the farmer's poo sculptures.
 
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Rooster, chili peppers, and corn ... An obviously interrelated set of elements ...

Chinese resort erects giant rooster made of chili peppers
A Chinese resort unveiled a 20-foot-tall rooster statue made out of chili peppers and corn cobs.

A video filmed at the resort in Linyi City, Shandong Province, shows the giant rooster statue with its body composed of red and green chili peppers and its legs made from corn cobs.

The statue was made in honor of the city's chili crop, which was recently harvested.

Locals said the city has been a major source of chili peppers for more than 200 years.
SOURCE (WITH VIDEO): https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/0...ter-made-of-chili-peppers/1391538070154/?sl=5
 

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I was intrigued to learn of the cat-couple statue in Krasnodar - I have cat-loving relatives who live there, but this is the first I heard of it.

And surely the ... allegedly anatomically-true-to-life statue of Peter the Great in the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg deserve mention here.

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