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.
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.
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.
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.
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.