Public Art Around The World

By tanyaizzard | Quirky news stories about statues, sculptures and monuments from around the world

Thieves busted stealing 60kg 'Paddle Pops' on CCTV

Two men have been caught on CCTV stealing a 60kg Paddle Pop decoration from a Christmas display at a Gold Coast shopping centre.<p>In vision obtained by …

Gold Coast

Scuba diver discovers bizarre donkey statue in Red Sea

A scuba diver off the coast of Egypt captured video of a bizarre underwater discovery -- a donkey statue on the floor of the Red Sea.

Scuba Diving

Jesus Christ statue had 300-year-old note up its bum

The message written carefully in calligraphy message dating back to 1777, had been put stuffed up the Messiah’s backside by a priest preserving it …

Archaeology

School forced to cover statue over ‘unfortunate’ design

Blackfriars Priory School in Prospect unveiled the statue of St Dominic last week, in which the religious icon is depicted handing a young boy a loaf …

Education

Art commission votes to remove Stephen Foster statue

That troublesome Stephen Foster statue, it seems, is coming down.<br>Capping decades of racially charged controversy over the 117-year-old bronze …

Pittsburgh

Too rude for Paris? 'Copulating' sculpture causes stir in French capital

Dutch artist says it is not sexual, but Louvre decided giant sculpture of human appearing to copulate with an animal was too rude to be displayed<p>From a vandalised butt-plug to a desecrated “queen’s vagina”, Paris has often been at the centre of rows over whether some public art is supposedly too …

France

Rodin sculpture found in New Jersey town hall

An archivist in New Jersey discovered a multi-million dollar sculpture by French sculptor Auguste Rodin at a town hall.

Sculpture

Allison Baden-Clay memorial vandalised

The plaque was forcibly removed from the sandstone structure on Mount Crosby Rd at Anstead, a suburb of Brisbane.<p>The memorial was erected near where …

Australia’s Big Things are becoming a huge problem

Many will recall childhood road trips punctuated by such highlights as a giant Merino sheep or a towering rocking horse, or an assortment of fruits — …

Captain Cook crackdown: Vandals who deface Sydney statues will face SEVEN YEARS in jail as part of tough new laws to protect historic monuments

• <b>Vandals who deface historic statues of Captain Cook face seven years in jail</b>• <b><br>They could also be liable for an $88,000 fine under Turnbull Government</b> …

No one shells out for Larry

Gear & Gadgets

Public sculptures: We paid for that?

State and territory governments have long used taxpayer money to fund public artworks nationwide, including a $150,000 jellyfish, $300,000 “skywhale” …

Australia

Lord Mayor’s bizarre $11 million crisis

It’s been revealed the controversial project will now cost ratepayers $11.3 million — a massive blow out on the original $3.5 million price tag when …

Cities

Captain Cook statue sparks furious debate

Critics have slammed the statue for overlooking indigenous Australians and Sydney City Council is seeking advice on whether the prominent statue …

Indigenous Peoples

Meeting date announced, process determined to identify public monuments honoring slavery, racism and bigotry in Louisville

Louisville

Hi-vis thieves steal $44k public artwork

August 18, 2017 5:47PM<p>A HEARTBROKEN artist is pleading for the return of a much-loved sculpture, stolen in a bizarre theft from a public park in …

Identity Theft

No suspects in stolen swine investigation, but statue to be replaced

Then there were two little pigs.<p>The investigation into the purloined pig from Oak Creek Park is inactive because the Temple Police Department has no …

Crime

Not OK? Sculpture of hand gesture moved over gang worries

1 / 3<p>This undated photo shows the sculpture called "Helping Hands" that shows a hand making the OK sign in Trenton, N.J. The sculpture is being …

Art

Mayor calls for review of public art in wake of Charlottesville violence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – In the wake of violence surrounding a white nationalists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, Mayor Greg Fischer …

The rise of public art in South Carolina

In West Ashley’s Avondale neighborhood, an alley behind the shops and bars near Magnolia Street has become an outdoor exhibition space filled with …

The wrong sort of march to save a confederate statue Update: Who ran down the protesters?

Like so many stories these days, I first saw a video pop up on Twitter last night from someone claiming that there was a massive KKK march going on …

The Statue Of A Dog That Caused Riots

If you've been near the English Garden in Battersea Park, you may well have noticed the dog statue pictured above. The statue may seem harmless …

London

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue is becoming dangerous

It’s a question Rio de Janeiro’s residents ask as they gaze up to what has become the most dangerous wonder of the world.<p>Last Friday the steep 4km …

King's College will 'replace busts and portraits of its founding fathers with ethnic minorities after student pressure'

• <b>King's College London will replace busts of founding fathers after campaign</b>• <b><br>Students have pressured bosses to honour scholars from ethnic</b> …

Old fountains to become new offices

THE well-known fountains at Parliament House will be converted into office space for Parliamentary staff under a $2.4 million plan.<p>Built in the late …

Anzac Cove memorial could be replaced by Islamic interpretation

Familiar words attributed to Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk — likening Australia’s dead “Johnnies” to Ottoman “Mehmets” and …

This standard tourist behaviour is now outlawed in Rome

Or sit or climb on them. Best not to eat or drink on them either.<p>And don’t wash yourself, your clothes or your pet and avoid throwing any objects …

Rome

Florida police seek $25,000 swan sculpture stolen by naked man

May 26 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida are asking for the public's help finding a large $25,000 swan sculpture stolen by a naked man.<p>The Polk County …

Florida