Kindlifresserbrunnen, Bern – Switzerland
While Switzerland is known for its scenic beauty, here is something that will freak you out. It was built in 1546, depicting an ogre eating a stack of babies. There are multiple stories why this grotesque sculpture was carved – some say that it was built to give a strong message to the Jewish community of Berne. Another account says that the ogre has striking resemblance to the Greek Titan, Kronos. It is said that he used to eat the children so that no one else could become the king.
Children are the victim of adult vices, Moscow – Russia
In 2001, Russian artist Mikhail Chemiakin constructed an unusual sculpture, ‘Children are the Victims of Adult Vices,’ depicting two unaware children playing as 13 evil statues surround them. The 13 statues depict vices like drug addiction, child labour, poverty, prostitution, to name a few. It also has a man sitting there with his eyes shut and ears plugged to show his indifference. The sculptures depict of our attitude towards the world around us.
Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada, West Indies
The construction of this underwater park started in 2006 by British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor. His aim was to engage local people with the underwater environment that surrounds them. The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park is a collection of sixty-five concrete sculptures depicting actual locals going about their daily lives. Some of the statues include people riding their bikes, a man just sitting on a couch or a ring of children holding hands. These sculptures have accumulated oceanic growth that makes them truly one of a kind.
Shoes on Danube Bank, Budapest – Hungary
The shoes on the banks of River Danube, is actually a memorial. It was created to commemorate the memory of Jews, who were shot dead on the banks of the river on 8th January, 1945. The Jews were asked to removed their shoes and stand on the edge of the river and were shot at so that their bodies floated away. The sculptures represent their shoes left behind on the bank.
Manneken Pis – Brussels, Belgium
As the name suggests, ‘Manneken Pis’ literally translates to ‘Little man pee’ in Dutch. This is a very famous Dutch sculpture showing a little boy relieving himself in a fountain basin. And like other monuments, this one also has many legends associated with it. The most famous legend is the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were embroiled in a battle. The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the enemy troops, who eventually lost the battle. Another one that has been circulating is that one of the locals lost a child and a search party was launched to look for the boy. The boy was eventually found and he was relieving himself at that time. And the boy’s father made a bronze statue and gave it to the town as a gift. Irrespective of the legends, this little monument is dressed.