15 Most Bizarre Public Monuments & Sculptures in the United States

The best art makes you think. The following monuments and sculptures definitely meet that criterion. These public works of art are some of the most bizarre, head-scratch inducing pieces in the U.S. You’ll find everything from giant utensils to flying fish on this list. Here are the 15 most bizarre public monuments and sculptures in the U.S.

1: Mustangs by Robert Glen, Las Colinas, Texas

Mustangs by Robert Glen, Las Colinas, Texas

There’s nothing out of the ordinary about an equestrian sculpture. What is out of the ordinary, however, is seeing a team of horses in the middle of a busy plaza. That’s what you’ll find at Williams Square in Las Colinas, Texas. Texas businessman Ben H. Carpenter commissioned African artist Robert Glen to build a sculpture portraying wild mustangs in 1976. The lifelike bronze sculpture includes nine life-like mustangs running through a watercourse in the middle of a busy downtown area.

Address: 5221 N O'Connor Dr Ste 110E Williams Square Irving, TX 75039

2: Expansion by Paige Bradley, New York

Expansion by Paige Bradley, New York
Photo Courtesy: Paige Bradley

Peaceful isn’t the first adjective that comes to mind when you think about New York. So it may seem a little odd to find a nude woman meditating in the middle of the Big Apple. American sculptor Paige Bradley put her name on the map with this 2004 bronze sculpture. The sculpture represents a naked woman meditating in the lotus position, with light radiating from cracks in her body. Expansion takes the meaning of enlightenment to a whole new level.

3: Salmon Sculpture, Portland, Oregon

Salmon Sculpture, Portland, Oregon
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/mike krzeszak

Keep Portland Weird is a popular slogan in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps that’s what sculptor Keith Jellum intended to when he made Transcendence. The sculpture portrays a huge metal salmon being thrown through corner bricks of the South Park Restaurant in Portland. The 11-foot bronze sculpture is a reminder of Portland’s unique foodie culture.

Address: 901 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR

4: Knotted Gun, Turtle Bay, New York

Knotted Gun, Turtle Bay, New York
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/JasonParis

The peace sign is the standard symbol for pro-peace messages. That’s not the case outside the United Nations headquarters in New York. The Knotted Gun is a bronze sculpture depicted a giant Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with a knotted barrel that points to the sky. Swedish sculptor Fredrik Reutersward created it after the death of John Lennon. It’s since been donated to the U.N. as a pro-peace symbol for world leaders.

Address: 1st Ave., New York, NY

5: Freedom Sculpture by Zenos Frudakis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Freedom Sculpture by Zenos Frudakis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of Philadelphia’s most iconic sculptures is Break Through From Your Mold. The 20-foot long, eight-foot high sculpture literally depicts the struggle for freedom. The bronze sculpture portrays a man breaking out of a mold in a series of four positions. Freedom never looked so strange.

Address: 1537 Vine St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102

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