The world of contemporary sculpture is an extremely creative place. From statues inspired by cartoons to entire gardens inspired by sustainability, these are the stories behind some of the most famous pieces in the world.
The Sun Voyager, Reykjavik
The Sun Voyager (Sólfar in Icelandic) by Jón Gunnar Árnason stands on the seafront in Reykjavik and makes up part of the city's Sculpture and Shore Walk. The stainless steel structure is an ode to both the sun and to the Icelandic people themselves, who migrated to the island several centuries ago in search of new and undiscovered territory.
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De Vaartkapoen, Brussels
This cheeky statue can be found in front of the Communauté Française building in Brussels' Molenbeek district. The name De Vaartkapoen was a nickname given to people from Molenbeek (De vaart means 'the canal', whilst kapoen means 'cheeky') and the statue stands in testament to their troublemaking.
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You'll find this impressive parade of horses galloping through a fountain in the centre of Irving, Texas. It's the work of Robert Glen, made in honour of the mustangs, or free-roaming horses which used to populate the American state. Made entirely of bronze, it's the largest equestrian sculpture in the world and took its creator seven years to finish.
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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
This incredible series of gardens is based upon the vision of turning Singapore from a Garden City into a City in a Garden. Its aim is to improve quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.
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Light of the Moon, Michigan
This piece of art by Polish-born sculptor Igor Mitoraj can now be found in the Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, in Michigan, USA. The tilted, fragmented face represents both lost civilisations and artifacts that we recover from those bygone times.
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