Sculptures and Statues That Will Leave Your Head Spinning

Sculptures and statues adorning properties can add subtle beauty -- or, like the wild kingdom above, they can leave you shaking your head in wonder (and not necessarily in a good way). Here, we bring you the most unusual sculptures and statues we could find, residential and otherwise. Some are funny, some are scary, and some defy description. Click through the gallery below to see what we mean. And by the way, the house pictured above? There's a lot more to it than that.

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Sculptures and Statues That Will Leave Your Head Spinning

Local radio presenter Bill Heine stuck this giant fiberglass shark through the roof of his house in Oxfordshire, England. After community outrage and lively debate, Heine won the right to keep the 25-foot sculpture, designed by artist John Buckley.

Photo: Flickr/Cathy G

Korean artist Do Ho Suh installed this piece, "Fallen Star," on the roof of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California-San Diego. Suh said the installation is a reflection of how he felt when leaving South Korea to study in the U.S., "as if he was dropped from the sky."

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The 270-square-foot artwork, styled after a New England cottage, sits at a 10-degree incline seven stories off the ground. See more of the odd art installation.

Artist Jaroslaw Rona created this sculpture, "Parable with Skull," for Prague Castle in the Czech Republic.

Photo: Flickr/Paolo Rosa

This large-scale sculpture in Chile's Atacama Desert was conceived by Chilean artist Mario Irarrazabal. Thirty-six feet tall, it's meant to emphasize human vulnerability and helplessness.

Photo: Flickr/dave caygill

This bronze cast of Louise Bourgeois' 1999 "Maman" is doing its fair share of creeping people out at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. The giant spider is 30 feet tall and more than 33 feet wide. Casts of it are displayed all over the world.

Photo: Flickr/deadstar 2.1

A home on Staten Island has garnered a reputation for being a "zoo" because of its many eccentric lawn sculptures. This dinosaur is only the beginning ...

Photo: Flickr/nycscout

Then we go to the myriad animals grazing the front yard ...

Photo: Flickr/nycscout

And then there's the zombie emerging from the ground. You haven't even seen half of it yet.

Photo: Flickr/nycscout

We've heard of being tongue-tied. Foot-tied? Not so much. This Kori Junji sculpture has the run of a lawn in Kanazawa, Japan.

Photo: Flickr/MShades

Fastened to a building in Prague, this frightening sculpture was created by David Cerny. It's meant to be a depiction of Sigmund Freud and supposedly represents people's need to consciously make the decision to live life or let go.

Photo: Flickr/Charles Stirton

That's one way to keep an eye on your house.


An anonymous artist, who has been identified as a doctor in the area, has erected various sculptures around Amsterdam, including this man sawing a tree branch. The artist has put up other works, such as a bronze mold of a woman's bust and a headless man trying to catch a train.

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The same artist created this sculpture of a violinist bursting through the floor at the City Opera House in Amsterdam.

Photo: Flickr/drinksmachine

This bench at the Bukchon Art Museum in South Korea's capital of Seoul is an artwork titled "Eating a Biscuit Together" -- even though it's actually swallowing your chance to rest somewhere.

Photo: Flickr/Brittanie Shey

Called "Handstanding," this sculpture created by Martin Heron resides in the Ravenswood district of Ipswich in the UK. Ravenswood is a neighborhood built to be environmentally friendly that has commissioned a number of public art projects.

This landmark sculpture was created by artist Jonathan Borofsky. It was inspired by a childhood story that Borofsky's father used to tell him about a friendly giant in the sky. The sculpture was originally installed at Rockefeller Center in New York City before being moved to Dallas.

A temporary public art display, this sculpture, appropriately called "The Bather," was installed in Hamburg's Inner Alster Lake in Germany.

This was one of the strange sculptures put up along Australia's coast as part of last year's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.

Photo: Flickr/joemills2

Sparking a local controversy, "Legs," by Larry River, rests outside a home in Sag Harbor, Long Island. But the building inspector wants it taken down, according to EastHampton Patch.

One way to dress up your home: Use sculpted pots shaped like heads, and put drooping plants in them that mimic the heads' hair.

Photo: KatG/HGTV

Is this the portal to the other side? No, but it was a really cool short-lived art installation. Houston sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck used two homes that were slated for demolition in 2005 to create this scary/awesome work of art. But after only a few months, it was razed.

Photo: Flickr/melinnis


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