15 Sculptures That Are So Incredible You'll Question If They're Actually Real!

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The artistic world can get quite creative, to say the least. Working with different types of metals, wire, and natural materials, these artists have managed to create some of the world’s most beautiful sculptures. Completely unique and one-of-a-kind, these works of art won’t disappoint. 

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Of course you’d love to travel abroad and get a glimpse at these gorgeous sculptures! Who wouldn’t? Just in case you never make it around the world, we’ve brought them to you. Take a look at these absolutely inspirational and beautiful pieces from nearly every continent around the world.

#1. Force of Nature by Lorenzo Quinn – Doha, Qatar

Showcasing the abilities of Mother Nature, this is actually one piece within a series of sculptures by the Italian artist. The faceless figure, shown hurling a planet, has been installed in various locations around the globe, including England, the U.S., Monaco, and Singapore. 

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#2. Poet Mihai Eminescu by Dan Dima – Onesti, Romania

Recognized as one of the most influential poets in Romania, Mihai Eminescu plays a huge role in country’s literary history. We hope he’s pleased with the portrait!

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#3. Mustangs of Las Colinas by Robert Glen – Irving, USA

Don’t worry, the massive horses aren’t to scale. This sculpture of stampeding, wild mustangs portrays the gorgeous animals at one and a half times their size! Located in cowboy country, USA, they remind of us of the good ‘ol pioneer days.

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#4. Expansion by Page Bradley – USA

Recognized as one of the ‘highlights of modern art,’ this sculpture depicts the author’s reaction to society’s questionable attitude regarding her work. Currently, the piece is located in London, UK, but it has also been displayed in Palm Desert, California, and held in a private collection within New York city.

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#5. Horse Sculpture Made From Recycled Metal by John Lopez – Black Hawk, New Hampshire, USA

The talented artist found a creative outlet through sculpture, upcycling scrap pieces of metal, retired tools, and vintage pipes. Bonus: the man’s art reflects his personal views regarding environmental awareness: reuse and recycle! Well said John, well said. 

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#6. The Anonymous Pedestrians by Jerzy Kalina – Wroclaw, Poland

These beautiful, bronzed statues artistically illustrate one of the most depressing events in the country’s history: the imposition of martial law during the early 1980s. Hundreds of people disappeared, “going underground” in the middle of the night. 

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#6. Hippopotamus Piece – Taipei, Taiwan

Located at the charming, fun-filled Taipei Zoo, this group of hippos playfully present the reminder to protect the earth’s animals. You could say they emphasize the idea to ‘just keep swimming.’

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#7. The Shoes on the Danube Bank by Can Togay and Gyala Pauer – Budapest, Hungary

Created as a living memorial, this masterpiece pays homage to the Hungarian Jews slaughtered by the Arrow Cross militia during the brutal winter of 1944. The sculpture was installed during 2005 and boasts a total of sixty rusted and vintage pairs of shoes.

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#8. Freedom, by Zenos Frudakis – Philadelphia, USA

Located on the east coast, this interpretive piece represents “the struggle for achievement of freedom through the creative process,” according to the talented author. The beautifully bronzed statues definitely make a statement, in a good way of course!

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#9. The First Generation by Fan Cheong – Singapore 

The First Generation is recognized as one of the most influential works of art within Singapore’s artistic community. Depicting excited children jumping into the stream, the piece is actually part of an incredibly inspirational series showcasing various moments of Singapore’s unique history. 

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#10. Chair for 1000 Jews – Krakow, Poland

This extremely unique sculpture, 37 iron chairs, lines the cobble stone streets of the country’s former ghetto. Paying homage to a much sadder time in history, the work of art depicts the memory of empty seats after Jewish families were required to ‘bring their homes outside.’  
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#11. Maman Spider by Louise Bourgeois – Tokyo, Japan

Standing over 30 feet high and measuring 33 feet wide, the monstrosity is one of Japan’s favorite tourist attractions. “The spider is an ode to my mother,” the author explains, “…she was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver.” Sculpted with bronze metal, stainless steel, and marble, this astonishing masterpiece towers over the city. We’re just glad it’s not real!

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#12. Out of Order by David Match – Kingston upon Thames, UK

This quirky and creative piece creates the illusion of twelve, cherry red telephone boxes that are toppling over in a ‘domino-like’ fashion. Also known as the Tumbling Telephones, this sculpture reminds us of a time without cell phones.  

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#13. Black Ghost by S. Jurkus and S. Plotnikovashat – Klaipeda, Lithuania

Stepping out of the water near the eastern European shoreline, this ghostly figure frightens everyone nearby! Its creation was actually inspired by a legendary ghost dating back to a 1594. Apparently, a creepy silhouette appeared to a sailor … just before a city’s supply of grain and timber mysteriously vanished. 

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#14. Love by Alexander Milow – Burning Man, USA

You might recognize this one! This wire creation shows two grieving adults with their backs towards one another while their ‘inner children’ reach out to play. Stationed at the annual Burning Man festival, this sculpture created quite a buzz. “It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature,” the Russian artist explained. 
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#15. Lions on Guard by Kendra Haste – London, England

Impressively sculptured from fine, twisted, black wire, this creation is one of the most intricate pieces of art in England. Today, the gorgeous lion and lioness stand guard at the historical Tower of London.

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