Statues have long held a special place in our world, serving as powerful symbols of culture, history, and artistic expression. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, some statues harmonize with their surroundings, enhancing the very landscapes and cityscapes they inhabit.
In a Twitter thread, London-based historian and author James Barr urged users to share monuments they find to “improve their environment.”
1. Ancient Statues Near the Royal Tomb on Mount Nemrut, Turkey
2. In Växjö, Sweden, a statue honors Danuta Danielsson confronting Neo-Nazi Seppo Seluska—an impactful tribute. Danuta’s mother survived Auschwitz.
3. Tombili The Cat Statue, Istanbul, Turkey
4. Women of Steel, Sheffield
5. Terry Fox Statue, Canada
6. Yoda Statue, Lucasfilm Campus in San Francisco, CA
7. Bronze Statue of a Mouse Knitting a DNA Double Helix in Russia
8. Isaac Cordal’s “The Certainty of Uncertainty” addresses climate change, offering relevant, accessible, and educational public art for the future.
9. Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog statue in College Park, Maryland
10. The Quarter Pounder with Cheese Statue
11. Alan Turing Memorial in Manchester
12. Anton Chekhov’s dachshunds, Melikhovo, Moscow, Russia
13. Peanuts, St. Paul, Minnesota, the hometown of Charles Schulz.
14. Dog Statue, Istanbul
15. Fearless Girl
16. Alan Turing statue at the University of Surrey
17. Expansion, New York, USA
18. Sir Nicholas Winton at Maidenhead Station. He organized the ‘Czech Kindertransport’, rescuing 669 Jewish children who would otherwise have ended up in Nazi concentration camps.
19. Angel of The North designed by Antony Gormley
20. Another Place by Sir Anthony Gormley at Crosby Beach
21. The Homeless Jesus statue in St. Ann’s Square, Manchester
22. Godzilla Slide, Yokosuka, Japan
23. A gardener, a waitress, a cleaner, a street sweeper. São Paulo, Brazil
24. This Gundam in Tokyo
25. The Appennine Colossus
26. Freddie Mercury statue, Montreux, Switzerland
27. The Mud Maid sculpture in The Lost Gardens of Heligan
28. The Sasal Buddha at Bamiyan, Afghanistan before it was destroyed in 2001
29. The classic Gromit figure, near Bristol Temple Meads
30. Make Way for Ducklings, Boston, Massachusetts
31. The Kelpies, Scotland
32. The Giant Hands Of Venice in Italy
33. This is a statue of Lily, a goose that used to live at the final stop of a tram line in Vienna in the 1970s.
34. The famine memorial in Dublin
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