The 10 Weirdest Landmarks in the World
You know the popular ones: the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the leaning Tower of Pisa. But we bet you haven’t hear of these utterly strange and downright weird landmarks around the globe.
Yes, it’s a 40-foot thumb, in the middle of the busy business sector of Paris, France. Known as La Pouce, by artist César Baldaccini, this giant sculpture is most definitely among the world’s weirdest and most unusual. Known for making larger versions of the simplest things in his artwork, this sculpture is actually an exact replica of Baldaccini’s own thumb. Built in 1965, this gigantic thumb still stands today. The fact that no one really gets it is probably what makes it even more bizarre.
Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park
You may not have known the world needed one, but the very first underwater sculpture park was created by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor in 2006. The British sculptor used casts of real people to create a cement world of people buried in the water off the coast of Grenada in the Caribbean. The most famous of the series features a collection of people holding hands in a circle. The strange sculpture park can be viewed by scuba divers or passengers on a glass-bottom boat tour.
Upside Down Charles La Trobe Statue
In most respects, this is an ordinary statue of Charles La Trobe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Australia – except for the fact that it’s upside down, of course. Why is it upside down? The Australian sculptor Charles Robb says the controversial nature of this statue, located at La Trobe University in Melbourne, is what makes it a memorable monument. However, many on-lookers and locals disagree, deeming it disrespectful to the memory of Charles La Trobe.
You’ll find the Georgia Guidestones at the highest point in Elbert County, in Elberton, Georgia, U.S.A. Set up in the shape of a star, these granite tablets are engraved with the rules mankind should follow after the apocalypse, in order to restore humanity. Written in four ancient languages – Ancient Greek, Babylonian, Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Sanskrit – this unusual monument was erected in March 1980 by an unidentified group of people. These tablets enforce the main concepts necessary to maintaining a human population of less than 500,000,000, and to unite humanity with a new language and new spiritual belief system. Yoko Ono is a known fan of this peculiar American landmark.
Hand of the Desert
In the Atacam Desert in Chile, you’ll find a hand that seems to be emerging from the sand. The closer you get to it, the bigger it seems, giving the impression that a giant human is breaking out of the sand as you approach. Created by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrazabal, the hand is quite literally in the middle of nowhere. However, if you have the chance to roam the Chilean desert, you’ll certainly appreciate its cool effect.
In Potsdam, Germany, you’ll find many things to see. But probably none weirder or more disturbing than the Hanging Rhino sculpture in Luisenplatz Square. There isn’t much information available on this peculiar landmark, but we do know for sure that it was created by Italian artist Stefano Bombardieri. And that it’s very, very heavy.
Why? No one is quite certain, but there are several theories, most of which are quite hilarious. One legend says the statue, located in Brussels, Belgium and created in the 1600’s, was made to commemorate a young boy who saved the town from a fire by putting it out with his urine. Another legend says it was made in memory of a young king who was known for urinating on enemies. Whatever the reason behind the construction of this little naked boy, peeing into a fountain, it is most definitely one of the weirdest landmarks on Earth.
Salar de Uyuni
What used to be a prehistoric lake near the Andes is now the largest salt flat in the world. It is over 4,000 square miles and contains half the world’s supply of Lithium, and 10 billion tons of salt! Though this Bolivian landmark isn’t man-made, it still fits into our category of weird. Its unusual appearance makes it an interesting sight to see, despite the fact that it’s really just a huge ton of salt.
This may look like a man about to plummet to his death, but it’s actually a bronze statue of a man hanging from a building in Prague, Czech Republic. Not just any man, though. Created by controversial artist David Cerný, this is supposed to be Sigmund Freud, hanging by one hand. Although the landmark itself looks very strange, weird and a little scary, the symbolism is actually quite important to the Czech people. It represents the fall of communism, in a country torn apart by it.
In the beautiful and quaint city of Bern, Switzerland, there are beautiful landscapes at almost every turn. The only unusual thing about this picturesque place is Kindlifresser Fountain, which translates into “Child-Eater.” There are few adjectives other than weird and bizarre to describe this frightening monument. The statue is of a cannibal consuming a baby with a few more infants in his sling, next in line to be eaten. Stranger still is the fact that the origins of this unusual monument are not really known. Some say it was a symbol to scare the Jewish community and some say it is a Greek mythological character, Kronos the Titan, who ate his own children to keep them from stealing his throne. Though no one knows for certain, it is a statue that has been scaring the daylights out of the children of Bern since the mid-1500s. That’s one way to make sure kids are always on their best behaviour.