Public Art Around The World

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

Town wants UFO memorial moved; witness objects

SHEFFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A memorial in a remote corner of Massachusetts that marks a 1969 UFO sighting has been ordered moved, but one man who …

Paranormal

Sheep thief taunts owner with kidnap poster

Protesters yank down angel sculpture in Athens, saying it looks like Satan

ATHENS (Reuters) - Black-clad protesters in southern Athens have torn down a red sculpture shaped like an angel and broke its wings in a fresh act of …

Vandals demanding to change the date of Australia Day spray paint the Aboriginal flag and the words 'no pride' on Captain Cook statue just one day before the patriotic celebration

• <b>A Captain Cook statue has been vandalised ahead of Australia Day celebrations</b>• <b><br>The statue in St Kilda, Melbourne's southeast, was targeted on Wednesday</b> …

Animal welfare activists hatch plan to build a memorial at the site of a truck rollover that killed 1500 chickens

• <b>A truck carrying 6000 chickens rolled on a busy highway on Monday</b>• <b><br>The vehicle overturned on Melbourne Road near Separation Street in Geelong</b>• <b><br>Animal</b> …

Kylie Minogue

West Marin artist paints 10,000 Buddhas one Buddha at a time

What do you do after you’ve painted 10,000 Buddhas? If you’re yoga teacher and artist Amanda Giacomini, you paint 10,000 more.<p>Inspired by ancient …

Streetwear

Toronto Halts Interactive Public Art Installation, Fearing It Could Incite Hate Speech

Art World<p>The work invites the public to type any word into a keypad and see it appear on large-scale displays.<p>,<p>A public art installation in a Toronto …

Toronto

"Baby dino" stolen from Missoula gas station

Managers of the Noon's Sinclair at the corner of East Broadway and Madison say the 3' tall Sinclair dino vanished sometime after midnight last Friday.

Missoula

Giant penis painter furious over artwork cover-up

“The pieces were commissioned by [Lower East Side art group] The New Allen,” Swedish artist Carolina Falkholt told <i>The New York Post</i> through a …

Streetwear

Stink over HMAS Sydney memorial loo

IT’S a solemn place of remembrance for 645 lives lost at sea during WWII, but the peace at the HMAS Sydney memorial in Geraldton has been broken by a …

EDITORIAL: The art of dubious decisions

It’s nothing against the artists or the work they did.<p>There’s nothing wrong with art.<p>As supporters of the project have noted, a well-placed piece of …

Scuba diver discovers bizarre donkey statue in Red Sea

Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A scuba diver off the coast of Egypt captured video of a bizarre underwater discovery -- a donkey statue on the floor of the Red …

Scuba Diving

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 …

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 …

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 …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

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

Oct. 22 (UPI) -- An archivist in New Jersey discovered a multi-million dollar sculpture by French sculptor Auguste Rodin at a town hall.<p>The bust of …

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

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” …

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 …

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 …

Slavery

Hi-vis thieves steal $44k public artwork

A HEARTBROKEN artist is pleading for the return of a much-loved sculpture, stolen in a bizarre theft from a public park in broad daylight.<p>It's …

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 …