When traveling, we always strive to get to the historical center, or a beautiful city square. Many of them are very similar to each other in that they have the same monuments — they are riders on horseback, military generals or seers looking into the future, or elaborate fountains. From time to time you want to see something unusual and this collection will help you with this. Meet the most unusual monuments that are located in different parts of the world.
Fountain Eater of Children (Kindlifresserbrunnen)
The name of this fountain is translated as “Child Eater”. The statue depicts a cannibal eating a baby with a bag of children on his shoulder. No one is exactly sure what this monument symbolizes, and assumptions vary. Some believe that this is Krampus, a creature from folklore who punishes bad children at Christmas. Some believe that the monument depicts a Jew. Others believe that it symbolizes the Ogre of War, devouring the children of Switzerland. These theories are just a few of the many. There is one point on which everyone agrees: the monument is damn scary.
Crazy Horse Memorial, Dakota
Other than the size, there is nothing visually unusual about the Crazy Horse monument, but its history is indeed a little strange. Crazy Horse was the military leader of the native Lakota Indians who fought against the United States government in defense of their lands and way of life. He even led his warriors to victory in one of the battles against the United States Army. There is a question to which there is no definite answer: why did he receive one of the largest monuments in America? In addition to this, Crazy Horse is also featured on one of the US stamps. Another interesting fact is that the monument has been under construction for 66 years, but it is still not completed! When all the work is finally done, it will be 195 meters long and 180 meters high.
Monument to Wenceslas on a dead horse, Prague
On Wenceslas Square, right in the historical center of Prague, you can observe the magnificent statue of St. Wenceslas on horseback. Wenceslas was the patron saint of Bohemia and the base of his statue is decorated with images of other saints. Not far from this statue is the Palace of Lucerne with unusual monuments inside, with something like a parody of the main statue of Wenceslas. The horse is dead and hanging upside down from the ceiling while Wenceslas sits on its belly. The sculpture by Dave Cerny is very unusual, and no one knows the exact meaning of it. While sightseeing in Prague this place is a must.
Monument to the Cotton Weevil
Believe it or not, this strange monument in Alabama is dedicated to an insect that destroyed all of their crops. After the weevil appeared in Alabama in 1915, it took only three years for it to destroy cotton crops. Instead of cursing the heavens, a certain H.W. Sessions found a financial backer and retrained as a peanut grower. This eventually forced all local farmers to diversify their crops. The result repaid all their losses and the city experienced unexpected financial growth. To honor this prosperity, the city built a monument to the cotton weevil in the center of the business district.
In the High Plains of Nebraska is an unusual Carhenge monument. At first glance, you might think you’re looking at the famous Stonehenge, but it’s actually 38 vintage cars painted gray and dug into the ground to create an exact replica of Stonehenge in England. Carhenge was conceived and built in 1987. Its creator Jim Reinders grew up in England and studied the original Stonehenge close enough to make a replica of it. The attraction has become quite popular, it even has its own tourist center.
Monument to Enema in Russia
In the Russian city of Zheleznovodsk there is a monument to the enema. If having an enema statue isn’t strange enough for you, then it is carried by cherubs. The creator of the monument, Svetlana Avakina, was inspired by the cherubs of the Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. Once you learn a little about Zheleznovodsk’s history, the strange monument makes a little more sense. The city is best known for its hospitals, which use fresh mineral water from springs in their enemas.
Giant Robot Gundamu
On the island of Odaiba in the middle of the Tokyo Bay recreation area, there is a paradise for fans of Gundamu robots. Many attractions in the park are inspired by the highly popular cartoon. It also houses a replica of the giant Gundamu robot in real size. The height of the monument to Gundam Mecha, a robot known as RX-78–2, reaches 13 meters. It is decorated with appropriate lighting and sound effects.
Shark Monument in Headington
At first glance, a monument to a shark that got stuck in the roof of a house and fell from the sky may seem like just a humorous project. But in fact, its meaning is much deeper. The shark was created for the 41st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. According to artist John Buckley, the shark was supposed to express feelings of powerlessness, anger and despair, nuclear energy, Chernobyl and Nagasaki.”
Underwater sculptures by Molinere
You will not be able to see this monument on the ground because it is located at the bottom of the ocean. Near the west coast of Grenada, at the bottom are unusual statues that only scuba divers can access. Most of the statues are made of cement by artist Jason Taylor. The statues depict the locals talking about their daily lives. Some of them ride bicycles, or sit on the couch and watch TV. What is really unusual is that for a long time the monuments were covered with corals, which made them unique.
Manneken Pis, Brussels
This kid tops the list of the most unusual monuments. This statue disappoints many at the first meeting. The usual Manneken Pis — each of us does it every day. The statue is very small — only 61 cm high. But the strangeness of this guy lies in his story. No one is one hundred percent sure why the statue was made, or what it represents. One story suggests that a local man lost his child. The whole city formed a search party and when they finally found the little boy he stood and wrote. The joyful father of the boy created a bronze sculpture and gave it to the city as a gift. Another more outlandish story suggests that a little boy prevented a fire that nearly destroyed the city by urinating on it. Manneken Pis is one of the top 10 overrated attractions in the world.