A person cannot live without creativity. These cultural monuments not only show how mankind developed, but in themselves are important values, heritage of ancestors.
Thanks to the statues, we get to know cultures and civilizations that have long since sunk into oblivion. And although the creepy statues are initially repulsive, they provide an opportunity to look into the darkest corners of those people who live next to us.
A man attacked by infants. There is a whole park of sculptures in Norway. This is the largest site of its kind in the world, created by just one sculptor. The author was Gustav Vigeland, who in the middle of the 20th century "populated" this park with more than two hundred bronze statues. The sculptor sought to explore the relationship between different groups of people, to show the cycle of life. But at the same time, some of his creations can not be called otherwise than creepy and disgusting. One of the most notable is the statue of a Man Attacked by Infants, which is located on the bridge. I must say that there are 58 sculptures on it. The statue is also called “The Man Who Drives Four Geniuses”. The composition consists of a naked man who brushes off babies falling on him, and one who kicks in general. In this case, a person manages to balance on one leg. And the highest monument here is "Monolith". This huge sculpture is carved from solid granite rock. The monument depicts naked bodies crawling and climbing on it, who want to reach heaven. Next to the "Monolith" there are other figures that show the development of life. "Swarm of Babies" symbolizes its beginning, and "Heap of Dead Bodies" - a disappointing ending. The creator of this shocking park also thought about its little visitors - there are many children's sculptures here. Are they shocking? Well, of course!
A cannibal devouring children from Bern. In the very center of Bern, Switzerland, there is a fountain with a rather scary and mysterious sculpture. It is known about it that it was built back in 1546. But that's why the sculpture was created in the form of a huge man-eating giant eating a child. In addition, he also has a bag of other children at the ready, extremely frightened. Their faces leave no doubt about what fate awaits them. And there are several theories at once that reveal the meaning of this creation. According to one opinion, the giant is the Greek titan Kronos. He was once predicted that his death would come at the hands of his own child. Here the giant ate his own children, hoping to save his life. According to another version, the statue depicts the founder of the city. They say that he fought with his younger brother all his life, which made him crazy. The man spilled his madness on Bern's children. Only there are no historical data in favor of these versions. The third theory is that the sculpture was created as a warning or a reminder to Bern's children about what could happen to naughty babies. They also say that this is a kind of threat to the Jews living in the city. In any case, if the sculpture was intended to scare or warn someone, then it succeeded perfectly.
Garden of dwarfs. In Salzburg, Austria, on the territory of the Mirabell Palace, there is a Dwarf Garden (Zwerglgarten). Initially, the palace was named Altenau, in honor of the mistress of the builder of the castle, Prince-Bishop Wolf von Reithenau. He was an original person, since he placed a strange sculpture garden on the territory of the palace. But only a small part of that garden has survived to this day. In 1715, Archbishop Franz Anton Harrach lived in the palace. He, like other fans of modern fashion and baroque style, had a craving for oddities, imperfections and all sorts of pathologies. For the service in his palace, the archbishop hired several dwarfs who were called upon to amuse him in every possible way. The unusual shapes of the bodies turned out to be so remarkable that the owner ordered the creation of sculptures of these deformations. These figures were placed in the garden, delighting the eyes of the archbishop. There the statues stood until the new owner of the palace, Crown Prince of Bavaria Ludwig I, ordered the removal of the freaks. And he can be understood - why should a wife and children see all these horrors of abnormal human bodies? Today, dwarf sculptures are already considered an integral part of urban history. Only nine figures were returned to the original habitat of the monuments, the garden. Where did the rest of the dwarfs go - it remains a mystery.
Victoria's Way Sculpture Park. Those who, in the vastness of Catholic Ireland, suddenly come across a statue of a skeleton of Buddha, will clearly be greatly surprised. But this sculpture park has a whole park of Indian-themed sculptures. There is a sculpture of a child crawling out of the ground and striving to free himself from the rotting fist of a skeleton. In the park there is a statue of a man tearing himself in half. Another sculpture shows how a skeleton in half-rotten clothes was frozen in a swamp, unable to get to the shore. And this Indian park called "Victoria Way" is located in County Wicklow. The sculptures are designed to show how a person goes to his self-realization, how full our life is, and what its essence is in general. The area of the entire park is 8.9 hectares, there are as many as 33 statues of black granite, as well as three bronze statues. This place was created so that people can think about their life in it during a leisurely walk. This place is considered a metaphysical "Amusement Park", and the statues are designed to help guests reflect on the different stages of their lives.
La Pasqualita. The Mexican state of Chihuahua has a curious shop. On its window is a mannequin in the shape of a young woman in a wedding dress. And although there is nothing surprising at first glance here, the striking strong similarity of the mannequin with a real woman is alarming. Since the appearance in the window of this mannequin in 1930, it has been overgrown with many myths and legends. Looking at the figure of a woman reveals an unusually large amount of detail. Her hair is real, human. Veins appear under the skin. The mannequin looks so real that people are tempted to look at it over and over again. And not only is the very similarity to a real person strange, this deceased girl was also the daughter of the original owner of the establishment. And a young woman died from a spider bite right on the day of her own wedding. As a result, the unnaturally realistic sculpture is surrounded by the story of a tragic death, and wedding clothes add mystery. All this gave rise to a train of rumors and legends around the figure. Rumor has it that this mannequin is in fact the well-preserved body of the same girl. Her name has already been forgotten, now she is called simply La Pasqualita, part of the current owner of the store, Pasquale Esparza. She herself does not tire of repeating that the dummy is nothing special, but this does not stop the rumors. They even say that La Pasqualita slightly changes its position when no one is looking at her.
Black Aggie. The name of this statue already reveals its color. This black statue depicts a seated woman, almost completely hidden under a cape. You can see this piece of art in the courtyard of the Federal Court of Justice in Washington. But the sculpture was originally intended for the Smithsonian Institution, but he abandoned the sculpture, which was a fake for the work of Saint-Gaudens. The story of "Black Aggie" began long before that, with the suicide of a young woman, Marian Adams. She was the wife of Henry Adams and suffered from depression for a long time. In 1885, an unhappy woman committed suicide by drinking chemicals from a photo shop. The inconsolable husband immortalized the image of his wife in the form of a pink granite statue created by Auguste Saint-Gaudens. The creator himself called the wrapped figure “Sadness”, and the husband who had already bought it renamed the sculpture “Adams Memorial”. But attempts at shameless copying have always existed. So in this case, a copy of the Memorial was made for the grave of Felix Angus. It was a soldier and sailor who became the editor of the newspaper. A good statue was ordered for the man's grave, but the cunning sculptor simply took and copied the "Adams Memorial" without any consent from the owners. The copy eventually became known as Black Aggie. And after the death of the widow of Angus, she was buried next to the monument. Soon, visitors to the cemetery began to talk about the weirdness that is happening near this monument. Eyewitnesses said that burning eyes could be seen from under the cloak at night. It was also said that one young man died of fright after looking into the eyes of a statue at night - such was his unsuccessful examination for admission to the university fraternity. Rumors say that now ghosts have begun to gather around Black Aggie. It is no coincidence that grass never grows on this land. Pregnant women who inadvertently walked next to the statue had miscarriages. So the cemetery became a haven for ghosts, as well as their hunters, and just curious ones. And in 1967, they decided to transfer Black Aggie to the Smithsonian Institution, but in the end she ended up in a completely different place.
Penis fountain. There are many unusual things in Amsterdam. There is also a huge theater of live sex, Casa Rosso. And it is not difficult to find it - the fountain in the form of a huge penis will help, which, in principle, is logical. For a long time, the fountain was a kind of signpost for tourists heading to the red light district. The Casa Rosso theater itself has long been famous as a place for staging shows with elements of sadomaso, tricks for adults. Both men and women can watch striptease here. Doubts about the direction of this institution are dispelled already at the sight of an unusual sculpture-fountain, standing in front of the entrance. This erect phallus suggests that the largest bar, and also a theater, in this area of pleasure is ready to do anything to attract guests. At one time, the defiant sculpture was turned into a fountain, making the statue not so boring. Those who are not impressed by the image of this phallus should know that in real life it seems larger.
Bosque de Caen Ginebreda. Those who are bored of walking in banal sculptural parks with mermaids and ancient heroes should visit the Bosque de Can Ginebreda. This place seems to be specially created for fans of erotica and pornography, and the statues here, moreover, bear a fabulous shade. The park is located in a juniper forest, a couple of hours drive north of Barcelona. The author of such an unusual collection of figures was Xiku Cabaniesa. His workshop is also located on the territory of the park, so that new creations quickly find a place for themselves in the middle of earlier works. Although there are not many visitors to this erotic world, there are up to a hundred people a week. Is it really interesting for someone to wander between giant stone asexual figures, to look at huge statues doing explicit things? Women examine in detail the childbirth process depicted. It is quite difficult to see something in this park that has nothing to do with pornography. And he began to work on his scandalous masterpieces back in the 1970s. Since then, his collection includes more than a hundred sculptures, which the author prudently hid in the forest so as not to shock the neighbors. Interestingly, in this park you can also see casts of body parts of very real people. To prove the greatness of the penis, here are several giant specimens of it. I can't believe that such a surreal park ended up in a quiet, calm forest. But you can believe in its existence only by seeing it with your own eyes. But it will be impossible to forget this spectacle.
The skeleton of Rene de Chalon. In the XIV century, a rather popular form of gravestone sculptures appeared - skeletons. If before that earlier gravestones were created in the form of beautiful and graceful images of the dead, then the new direction showed the process of the body's transition from living to dead state in the most natural way possible. The skeletons on the graves became part of the art of the Renaissance. Initially, the sculptor was depicted as simply a sleeping person, whose body still retained its usual forms. But with the development of art, masters began to depict skeletons more and more losing their original features - either already eaten by worms, or in the very middle of a terrible cycle. In the church of Saint-Etienne Bar-le-Duc there is a monument to the young Prince of Orange, René de Chalon. A noble man died at the age of 25 in the war, it was 1544. On his grave, the sculptor created a full-length skeleton statue. This figure is dressed in already decayed robes hanging from her. One arm of the skeleton is pressed against his chest, and the other lifted its own heart up above his head. It is said that initially the sculpture held in its hand the dried heart of the prince himself, but during the turbulent years of the French Revolution, this artifact disappeared.
Monument to the enema. Enema in the minds of most of us is something that we don't even want to think about. Those for whom this subject takes a permanent place in their lives prefer to regret it and keep quiet. All the more unusual is the monument to the enema, which many are already afraid of. It appeared in the Russian Zheleznovodsk, not far from the Mashuk "Aqua-Therm" spa. The institution presented an unusual sculpture in 2008. Such attention to the enema is due to the fact that in this place disorders in the work of the gastrointestinal system are treated. So this simple and effective rubber product is popular here. In general, this area is famous for the good effect that enemas give. And all thanks to the special water that flows near the Caucasus Mountains. In the center of the sculpture are three cherubic angels, whose appearance was prompted by the genius of the Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli. But he did not even imagine that cherubs can hold an enema over their heads. The production of this statue cost 42 thousand dollars. When opened, under it flaunted the inscription: "Let's overcome constipation and blockage with an enema."
Bomarzo. Not far from the Italian city of Bomarzo is the Monster Park. It is clear from the name itself that this place is not only strange and sad, but simply scary. In fact, this is not only a garden, but also a sculptural park filled with terrible stone statues. Here there is a dragon, swallowing, unable to resist, and trembling with horror game, elephants, dragging a killed soldier on them. With the famous Greek monster - the malicious one, it is better to meet in the mind of the sculpture. This half-snake, half-woman will forever wait for its victims, surrounded by two lions devoted to her. Throughout the park, visitors are greeted with grimaced faces, mouths open, either screaming or trying to swallow a gaping tourist. And the nobleman Pier Francesco Orsini, or Vicino, invented and financed this park. He was a soldier, having personally learned all the hardships of war. In the 1550s, this officer's best friend died in Italy. And after returning from captivity, he managed to see the death of his beloved wife.It is believed that this is why the nobleman chose to retire to the family estate, where he built a park of monsters. Scary sculptures have survived to this day. It is not clear who exactly they represent, and why Vicino left them here at all. At the entrance to the park, each visitor reads the inscription that this place must be carefully examined and understand why all the works of art are collected here - for his own sake or for the sake of deception? The creator was torn apart by his sadness, which painted all these unusual and terrible images in his garden.