Cамые необычные памятники и скульптуры англоязычных стран
Автор: АБАШИНА Надежда Ивановна,
учитель английского языка МБОУ СОШ № 151
Creativity of a human being can
be unpredictable. The world of
art is a mixture of different
forms of expressing oneself by
painting, music, poetry, creating
sculptures, monuments and
Art is a weird and wonderful thing.
It can excite, thrill and terrify
us, entertain us, leave us
speechless, or in some cases just
confuse us slightly.
Most monuments and sculptures all
over the world are connected with
historical events and historical people.
Let’s watch the strangest and
weirdest sculptures which can be
found in the streets of the Englishspeaking countries. Their origins are
either humorous or creative.
TRAFFIC LIGHT TREE of London
The Traffic Light Tree (by artist
Pierre Vivant) is at the
junctions of Heron Quay
Bank, Marsh Wall and
Westferry Road. The tree
consists of 75 traffic lights
which flash in a random
«The Sculpture reflects the never
ending rhythm of financial and
commercial activities» - Pierre
The three-meter Musical sculpture “The Singing Ringing Tree”
is established in 2006 on the top of Crown Point hill, overlooking the
city Burnley. It consists of hundreds of pipes made of galvanized
steel and plays a different tune each time the wind forces. The
authors are the architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu.
The Shark became
the most famous resident
of Headington when it
landed in the roof of 2
New High Street on 9
This ordinary home (built
in about 1860) has
become the centre of
world attention, and the
headless shark still
excites interest today.
Greyfriars Bobby, Edinburgh, Scotland
Greyfriars Bobby is a world famous Scottish icon in Edinburgh.
Bobby’s owner, John Gray, was a night watchman in the
Edinburgh City Police. After his death the little Skye Terrier spent
fourteen years guarding his dead master’s grave.
Lobey Dosser, Glasgow
The world's only two-legged
equestrian statue, of cartoon
Dosser, opposite the Halt Bar
in Woodlands Road.
This statue was erected by
public subscription in 1992
on the edge of Kelvingrove
Park to the memory of Bud
Neill, 1911-1970, cartoonist
and poet, creator of Lobey
Dosser, Sheriff of Calton
Creek and many other
John Lennon Bench
This monument was
commissioned by Castro. It was
built 20 years after the Beatles
death… at which time Castro
eased up on anti-Beatle
legislation and began
Monument of famous
that made Liverpool
famous over the years
Carhenge, the USA
This monument, built in 1987 by experimental artist Jim Reinders
and 30 family members in Alliance, Nebraska, is the American
answer to the English Monument Stonehenge. The structure is
accurately proportionate to the real Stonehenge (but the
components are old cars).
Cloud Gate, Illinois, Chicago
This popular sculpture by Anish Kapoor in Millennium Park has got
a nickname "The Bean“. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates
welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams.
The sculpture's surface reflects and distorts the city's skyline.
Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate's 12-foot
(3.7 m) high arch.
Crocodile eating a
Capitalist, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Philadelphia, the USA
The Awakening, Washington
, DC, the USA
Waiting for a
bus, Washington, DC,
It’s Been One of Those Days…
Los Angeles, the USA
The Statue of a hard-working clerk with
his head inside the wall of the Ernst &
This troll is located under the north end of the Aurora Bridge in
the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. It is the
creation of four artists: Steven Badanes, Will Martin, Donna
Walter, and Ross Whitehead whose basic idea was inspired by
"Three Billy Goats Gruff," a Scandinavian folk tale.
to Root Out Evil,
This unusual sculpture
made of transparent red
Venetian glass and steel
was created by Dennis
Oppenheim in 1997. It is
an 8 foot village church in
the English new
style, with the roof spiked
into the ground.
Made from glass, steel and
aluminium by artist Dennis
Oppenheim the Rings are at
the English Beach Bay in
Vancouver. The shapes in the
form of houses look like 2 big
Spider, Ontario, Canada
The sculpture catches your
attention by its huge size.
Upside Down Charles La
Trobe Statue, Australia
Melbourne sculptor Charles
Rubb quite literally turned
things on their head for this
piece of work. This
statue, located by La Trobe
University in Bundoora is said
to embody the idea that
universities should turn ideas
on their heads
This huge change purse, known as “The Public Purse” is
located on the street of Melbourne, Australia. It was designed
as a form of unique seating on the streets of the city.
Penrose Triangle, Perth, Australia
"Penrose Triangle" sculpture is situated in the middle of a traffic
island in East Perth Western Australia. When it is viewed from a
particular place it forms a perfect triangle. From another angle one
can see the actual shape of the structure.
Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden,