Amazing Public Sculptures from Around the World

by Natasha Kennedy

The Most Engaging Public Sculptures

Art always aims to engage you – whether by its beauty or by stirring up emotions and thoughts in you. Public sculptures work the same way. They are not just public installations to place some aesthetic appeal in a place for tourists but also to provoke some thoughts and emotions. (Check some amazing sculptures on

Here is a list of the most engaging custom sculpture that has won the hearts and interests of people from all over the world:

The Shoes on the Danube Bank

This public sculpture is created by Gyula Pauser and Can Togay in 2005 and is located in Budapest, Hungary. The sculpture comprises of numerous shoes that were spread out on the east bank of the Danube River. The work aimed to commemorate an event during the Holocaust. During this event, hundreds of Hungarians were told to leave their shoes on the bank before they got shot.


This is a monumental sculpture created by Marco Cianfanelli and is located in Howick, South Africa. This public structure was developed as a memorial to the 50th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s arrest. The sculpture is comprised of 50 steel columns that form the likeness of Nelson Mandela at a certain angle.


This is a sculpture created by Zenos Frudaskis in 2001 and is located in Philadephia, Pennsylvania. It is a 20-ft-long bronze sculpture that shows man’s struggle to break free.

Cloud Gate

This public sculpture is created by Sir Anish Kappoor unveiled in 2004 and is located in the heart of Chicago, Millennium Park. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is inspired by liquid mercury. The huge structure reflects the famous skyline of Chicago and also the visitors that walk under the arch. This sculpture is also known as “the Bean” because of its shape.

The Black Ghost

This is a public sculpture created by Sergejus Plotnikovas and Svajunas Jurkus in 2010 and can be found in Klaipėda, Lithuania. The work of art is a creepy hooded ghost that is hauling itself from the water onto the docks, holding a lantern. The sculpture is said to honor a local legend. In this legend, a nightguard doing his rounds in the harbor encounters a hooded figure that appeared in the water’s edge out of nowhere. The figure warned the guard that the city’s food supplies will not be enough. During those days, people were inclined to believe in spirits. The guard reported the incident to his superiors and the city did increase their supplies. This helped the city survive a couple years of shortage and hunger that followed.

Les Voyageurs

This public sculpture is created by Bruno Catalano and can be found in Marseilles, France. The work of art features a man and a woman who are clearly travelers as they both have baggage with them. What makes this sculpture stand out is that the pair of travelers have missing pieces. This shows a message that a part of ourselves is left behind every time we travel or that some people travel to feel complete. It is a relevant work of art that a lot of traveling milennials can relate to.


This is a public sculpture created by Jerzy Kalina located in Wrocław, Poland. The work of art can be found on both sides of Swidnicka Street. It consists of 14 people sinking on the ground, 7 people on each street. The sculpture is considered to be a memorial to the citizens who were missing and killed during the 1980s when martial law was declared in Poland. Przejście means “Passage” in English. It is also known by the names of “Anonymous Pedestrians” and “Monument of the Anonymous Passersby”.

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