Fantastically Creative Sculptures: Whimsical to Profound

We have many eye-catching sculptures in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but last weekend while visiting in Portland, Oregon, I became aware that “there are sculptures, and then there are sculptures! (see below), so I decided to share a few truly unusual pieces of artwork from around the world:

Salmon Through WAll Salmon Sculpture, Portland, Oregon
Image credits: Ava Hirschsohn
Tripping Policeman“De Vaartkapoen,” Brussels, Belgium
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Museum  “Sinking Building,” Melbourne, Australia
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Pigs at the mall “Pigs at the Rundle Mall,” Adelaide, Australia
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MetamorphosisMetamorphosis, by David Černý Charlotte, North Carolina Children jumping into water “People of the River” by Chong Fah Cheong, Singapore
Image credits: gaartu.livejournal.comHippos in concrete “Hippos,” from Taipei, Taiwan
Image credits: Patche99z

People coming out of sidewalk “The Monument of An Anyonymous Passerby,” Wroclaw, Poland
Image credits: Anonymous PandaBlockhead politician  “The Unknown Official,” Reykjavik, Iceland
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Mustangs running  “Mustangs” Las Colinas, Texas
Image credits: mustangsoflascolinas.comWorld Traveler “Les Voyageurs,” in Marseilles, France
Image credits: Bruno Catalano

Shark crashing through roof  “The Shark,” Oxford, UK
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Texas Catle Drive “Cattle Drive,” Dallas, Texas (USA)
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Shoes along  “Shoes on the Danube Bank,” Can Togay and Gyula Pauer, Budapest
Image credits: Nikodem Nijaki

Man climbing out of manhole“Man at Work,” Bratislava, Slovakia
Image credits: Lukas Jaborka

Aren’t these marvelously creative? Some made me laugh, some made me stand in awe, and some were so evocative that I felt compelled to research them and learn more about the back story…and that sent me on a quest to study the sculptors and search for other unusual works of art. The question that came sifting back through my mind was this: What type of a piece of work am I? What if I could be anything…what would I want to be? Have you ever thought about this? Is it possible to be so striking that people wonder where we came from and get curious enough to do research into just Who made us and why?

“Fear not: for I am with thee…even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory. I have formed him; yea, I have made him…Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, and the LORD: and beside me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:5a,7,10-11)

(*Most of these pictures were listed on a site called The Bored Panda: