The world is full of infinite creativity, and perhaps inadvertently, it will be deeply touched.
Compared with the famous paintings hanging in the museum, the sculptures that stand on the street can be said to be the art form closest to our lives, and when we rush by every day, we will encounter these works full of emotion and meaning.
The cultural atmosphere of the city, to some extent, also depends on the concept and value conveyed by the sculpture, those beyond the superficial appearance, record the monuments of different histories and civilizations, convey not only aesthetic expression, but also the legacy of history, cultural accumulation and spiritual pursuit. At any time, it can give us different thinking and reference.
This article introduces ten urban sculptures full of creativity and emotion. These living works will condense the story and meaning, strongly radiate into the surrounding environment, so that every walker who stops can gain their own unique understanding.
Inner Children Trapped Inside Adult Bodies
When was the last time you argued with a loved one? The irrepressible evil language is the result of adult conceit and fear. But deep down, we still yearn for love and connection.
乌克兰海边，2015年燃烧人节上的这座名为「爱」的雕塑。由 Alexander Milov 创作，描绘了充满希望和纯真的冲突场面。
This sculpture called “Love” on the Burning Man Festival in 2015, Ukraine. Created by Alexander Milov, it depicts a clash of hope and innocence.
Metal couples turn their backs to each other, like alienated and hollow shells. But their hearts are shining like children like never before, and even through the fence, they long to touch each other.
As night falls, the warm radiance, symbolizing purity and sincerity, speaks in a silent way, that even if it seems to be alienated, our hearts still yearn for closeness, and even in the darkest moments, everything still has a chance to make amends.
The sculpture is a gentle reminder for everyone: When we have irrepressible resentment, remember that under anger lies deep love. Beneath every seemingly indifferent exterior hides a wounded child who still longs for love.
Uneasy, then you can leave room for each other to cool down. When the dust settles and the emotions have calmed down, strengthen the love between each other. Calmly figure out how to solve the problem … Let’s finally, together.
On the bank of the Danube, in front of the Hungarian Parliament building, 60 pairs of iron shoes stand pointing to the river, and behind them hide a sad story. Commemorate the hundreds of people who lost their lives as a result of the atrocities committed by the Arrow Cross militia in Budapest.
The Crusaders raged in Budapest, causing devastating damage. During the five-month rule, more than 10,000 people were shot dead in the streets and more than 80,000 were deported to slave labor or concentration camps, mostly Jews.
During this time, Jews in Budapest were often besieged on both sides of the Danube and shot into the water. The cruelest thing is that they are often forced to take off their shoes, because this is a precious commodity during the war. Terrorists will sell or use it.
Their bodies are buried forever, their shoes are still on the shore, and Hungary established the “Shoes on the Danube” on April 16, 2005 to commemorate the innocent lives of those who lost their lives. 60 pairs of cast-iron shoes of various forms were fixed to the lakeside as evidence that they had lived.
牌匾上书「为了纪念1944–1945年被阿罗克斯 • 克罗斯民兵射入多瑙河的遇难者。2005年4月16日竖立。」如今，很多人在这些鞋子雕塑放上蜡烛与鲜花，表达纪念和哀悼。
The plaque reads: “In memory of the victims of the 1944–1945 Arrow Cross militia who entered the Danube. Erected on 16 April 2005.” Today, many people place candles and flowers on these shoe sculptures to express remembrance and condolences.
History cannot be changed, but learning from history is the only way to avoid repeating it.
法国马赛港口，矗立着十个法国艺术家 Bruno Catalano 创作的引人注目的青铜雕塑，名为「 莱斯旅行者」，描绘了缺失了大部分身躯的，步履匆忙的路人。
In the port of Marseille, France, stands ten striking bronze sculptures by French artist Bruno Catalano entitled “Les Traveler”, depicting hurried passers-by missing most of their bodies.
写实雕塑缺失部分，是如此非凡而独特，也为我们留下了无尽的想象空间 —— 是他们遗漏了一些东西，还是仅仅留下了一些东西？
The missing part of realistic sculpture is so extraordinary and unique, and it leaves us with endless room for imagination – are they missing something, or just something?
Do we rush to every corner of the world every day, like these mutilated sculptures, with incomplete souls and empty lives? Where do we leave a part of our body or mind?
Paige Bradley, New York, USA
The birth and creation of this beautiful and thought-provoking work “Expansion”. Remind us that in a rapidly changing world, never forget to continue to grow and develop.
Paige Bradley 花了几个月的时间，完成了这座雕塑。然后将其砸在地板上，变成碎片。这些碎片组装，再以漂浮的状态重新联结。
Paige Bradley spent several months completing the sculpture. Then it smashes it on the floor and turns it into pieces. These pieces assemble and reconnect in a floating state.
In fact, from the moment of birth, there is already a container for us: regardless of gender, race, occupation or IQ. Throughout our lives, we are obsessed with adapting to this external container rather than feeling our true selves inside.
If we can transcend the constraints of the body, will we know ourselves more deeply?
The light that shines through the interior of the sculpture represents the light within us. When your heart is filled with faith and spiritual strength, you will feel more alive and hopeful than ever.
This fascinating and striking public sculpture, called Przejście (Passage), is an anonymous pedestrian monument to the mysterious unfortunate missing during the Polish martial law.
雕塑由艺术家 Jerzy Kalina 创作，描绘了14个栩栩如生的人，沉入 Swidnicka 街一侧，然后重新出现在另一侧。纪念上世纪80年代，波兰戒严期间遇难或失踪的公民。
Created by artist Jerzy Kalina, the sculpture depicts 14 lifelike people sunk to one side of Swidnicka Street before reappearing on the other. Commemorate citizens killed or missing during martial law in Poland in the 80s.
The bronze monument was installed in December 2005, the 24th anniversary of the imposition of martial law by the Polish Communist Party. From December 1981 to July 1983, the authoritarian government imposed restrictive laws on citizens to suppress the burgeoning political opposition.
Martial law plunged people into deep fear, with many arrested in the middle of the night and then mysteriously disappeared. Pedestrians coming out of the sidewalk on the other side of the street represent the resurgence of Polish citizens after martial law in 1983.
These vanishing passers-by remind us to never forget the man-made suffering created by narrow prejudices.
The Sinking Library
On the streets of Melbourne, Australia, stands a huge sculpture called the “Sunken National Library”. This once magnificent building seems to be buried by its surroundings, revealing only a corner of the “Library” written on it.
“These are the best of times and the worst of times.” Access to knowledge has never been more abundant and diverse, and we have everything in front of us and nothing.
In this era of information explosion, the existence of sculpture reminds everyone that the library is the most classic concept and thought precipitated in human civilization and history, and through words, we can understand what the world is like and why.
Times change dramatically when we are overwhelmed by fragmented knowledge. Do not forget to read the classics of the library, it will allow you to form a body of knowledge, shape ideas, learn to think independently, and thus master the key to truly understand the times and get along with the world.
Break Through From Your Mold
Zenos Frudakis, USA
宾夕法尼亚费城的 GSK 世界总部前，有个名为「自由」的雕塑。从左到右，描绘了我们毕生都在努力摆脱的束缚。从象征被锁死的木乃伊状态，逐渐挣扎解脱，仿佛米开朗基罗的「叛逆奴隶」。
In front of GSK’s world headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, there is a sculpture called “Freedom”. From left to right, it depicts the bondage we have struggled to get rid of all our lives. From the state of a symbolic locked mummy, he gradually struggled to be freed, like Michelangelo’s “rebellious slave”.
Everyone can read their own symbolism from it, not only that, but we can even “stand here” and feel that we are one with the sculpture, and experience this process of hard struggle and freedom.
Eventually, the figure gradually breaks free from the bound walls completely, stretches his arms to embrace freedom, away from the grave space left behind, and also frees himself from all tangible and invisible bondage.
Diminish And Ascend
David Mccracken, Bondi, Australia
In the bay of Waiheke Island in Sydney, Australia, stands a sculpture of a “staircase of heaven”, which, from some angles, looks like a staircase that never ends upwards.
The more the stairs reach the top, the smaller they get, until they disappear into the clouds, and the long climb seems to be endless, transcending imagination and reality, emitting the illusion of infinite passage to heaven.
The sculpture has a different understanding, and you can think of it as a path of faith to heaven; It can also be from a secular point of view, representing that it takes painstaking efforts to maintain the supreme spiritual state or the highest status of society.
这座雕塑还被放入新西兰 Christchurch Botanic Gardens 的湖水之中，从水底直通天际，水面的阻隔，让这种通往天际的意向，多了些许可望而不可及的意味。
The sculpture was also placed in the lake of Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand, from the bottom to the sky, and the barrier of the water surface makes this intention to the skyline more unattainable.
No matter what you ultimately strive for, we are always climbing up actively or passively throughout our lives, and the closer we get to the top, the more challenging it is, but we can also appreciate the scenery that cannot be seen below.
Jason Decaires Taylor, Grenada, Vest Indies
墨西哥坎昆海洋公园的水下雕塑博物馆来自英国的雕塑家 Jason DeCaire Taylor。寓意着「先创造后毁灭，继而在毁灭中重生」。
The Museum of Underwater Sculpture at Cancun Marine Park in Mexico is from British sculptor Jason DeCaire Taylor. It means “first create and then destroy, and then be reborn in destruction”.
这些海底雕塑亦被赋予了环保的使命 —— 随着时光流逝，它逐渐褪去人为的斧凿痕迹，被来自海洋的生命力淘洗覆盖，直至长成真正的珊瑚礁丛，完全融于自然之中。
These underwater sculptures have also been given an eco-friendly mission – over time, they fade away from man-made axe chisels and are washed and covered by the life force of the sea until they grow into a real coral reef and completely melt into nature.
第一个水下雕塑公园「变迁」Viccisitudes —— 由75座海洋水泥制成的真人大小的雕塑，分布在800平方米的海底，模拟有利于珊瑚繁衍的自然岩层。
The first underwater sculpture park, Viccisitudes – a life-size sculpture of 75 marine cements spread over 800 square metres of seabed, simulating natural rock formations conducive to coral growth.
雕塑被放入海底的几天内，就感受到了大自然施加的魔法：年轻的藻类开始形成，新的生态系统初具雏形… 一个月后更多的藻类以异乎寻常的速度生长着，很快就吸引无数海洋生物在此觅食… 几个月后各类珊瑚也来了，雕塑形体变得不复清晰可辨。
Within a few days of the sculpture being placed on the bottom of the sea, the magic of nature was felt: young algae began to form, new ecosystems began to take shape… A month later, more algae grew at an extraordinary rate, and soon attracted countless marine creatures to feed here… A few months later, various corals arrived, and the sculptural form became no longer legible.
Taylor later built these underwater sculptures in other parts of the world. It is as if the human fossils in Pompeii, confined to a special space and viewing angle, convey a mysterious exchange between life and death that is disturbing.
Each life-size sculpture has a unique facial expression and body language, and some are intertwined with each other lying on the seabed, forming a circular space.
In the silent underwater world, these sculptures will make us feel a certain invisible boundary between past and present, life and death. “These artificial sculptures must dissolve in the sea to become part of nature again and extend into eternity.”
Ali and NinoTamara Kvesitadze，Batumi
在格鲁吉亚沿海城市巴统，矗立着两尊巨型移动雕塑 Ali and Nino。由雕塑家 Tamara Kvesitadze 用堆叠的金属片构成。
In the coastal city of Batumi, Georgia, stand two giant moving sculptures, Ali and Nino. Constructed by sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze with stacked pieces of metal.
这对雕像的故事，出自 KurbanSaid 1937年的著名爱情小说。信仰穆斯林的阿塞拜疆名门之后 Ali，与信仰基督教的格鲁吉亚公主 Nino 相爱，但最终，这对恋人因信仰不同，以及苏联入侵而被迫分离。
The story of the statues is from KurbanSaid ‘s famous 1937 romance novel. Ali, a Muslim Azerbaijani celebrity, fell in love with the Christian Georgian princess Nino, but in the end, the lovers were forced to separate due to their different beliefs and the Soviet invasion.
The story is sad in the context of a time when European countries are popular and rich in religion and politics. This is perhaps the most romantic and sadistic sculpture in the world.
每天晚上7点，Ali 和 Nino 开始向彼此移动，穿过身体融为一体后逐渐背道而驰，十分钟后，孤独的留在原位，遥遥相望，静待第二天短暂的相拥，日复一日。
Every night at 7 p.m., Ali and Nino begin to move towards each other, moving through their bodies and gradually moving in opposite directions, and ten minutes later, they stay alone in place, looking at each other from afar, waiting for a brief hug the next day, day after day.
The encounter seems to be instantaneous, but the difference is eternal. This romantic and creative statue expresses all the love and pain in the world, and is also a metaphor for every encounter and parting. We are so close, but we can only be on one side of the world.
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