At almost every tourist destination there are sculptures and works of art available for the public to admire, with most fitting a conventional historic framework. However, every so often you'll spot a peculiar structure amongst these landmarks that is an indictment to the quirkier and more adventurous side of sculpture, here are ten of our favorites!
The Traffic Light Tree - London
Following a competition run by the Public Arts Commission in the UK this sculpture of 75 different sets of traffic lights was chosen to be placed in London's Canary Wharf. According to Pierre Vivant, the French sculptor commissioned to make the work, his sculpture "imitates the natural landscape of the adjacent London Plane Trees, while the changing pattern of the lights reveals and reflects the never ending rhythm of the surrounding domestic, financial and commercial activities." Apparently the sculpture originally confused some motorists but is now a well-known part of the Tower Hamlets area.
Child Eater Statue - Bern
This delightful character is known as the 'Child Eater' and is depicted halfway through a hearty meal of infants. Known to the locals as "Kindlifresserbrunnen" the creator of the 16th century piece is unknown but a widely accepted theory is that it could be an interpretation of the story of Krampus a creature from Alpine folklore thought to scare and punish children during Christmas who had misbehaved. Whatever the inspiration behind the sculpture, it is still a popular tourist attraction in the Swiss city of Bern.
L.O.V.E - Milan
This sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan bears the title 'L.O.V.E', which stands for Freedom, Hate, Vengeance and Eternity. Erected in Milan in 2010 the statue was only supposed to stay in Piazzi Affari for a few weeks, but the city government decided to make it a permanent fixture. The artist has never commented on the piece's meaning but most assume the middle finger pointed at the city's financial district is a clear message to the people deemed responsible for the 2008 financial crisis. It is also worth mentioning that without the sculpture's severed fingers the hand would be making a fascist salute as it faces the fascist-era Italian stock exchange building.
Planet - Singapore
'Planet' is a giant white sculpture of artists Marc Quinn's seven month old infant during the time when modeled it was discovered that he had a severe milk intolerance. At ten meters long and almost 4 meters high the baby seems to effortlessly float above the ground giving the impression of weightlessness. To add to the quirkiness Quinn even included a chemically developed formula used in his son's diet into the statues building materials.
Peeing Statues - Prague
These peeing men are the work of controversial artist David Cerny which is located outside the Franz Kafka Museum in Prague. Perhaps the most bizarre feature of this installation is that these two figures are actually automated with an electric mechanism that can control the penises and upper bodies of the statues. The robots write quotes from famous Prague residents with the stream of water emanating from their manhood. You can even text the sculptures and they'll write out the message for you, a feature we're sure has never been abused!