Sculptures have been created by people of all sizes and for all sizes since prehistoric times. A 29.6 cm (11.7 inch) high statue, called the Lion Man, one of the first sculptures, was created about 32,000 years ago. The Seven Wonders of the Original World included two sculptures: the Statue of Rhodes and the Statue of Zeus in Olympia. Today, sculptures representing everything from religious gods, historical events and influential people have been built around the world.
All of the famous sculptures on our list are designed to stand outside to face the elements, but some have been moved to a museum since its creation.
10. Little Mermaid
The little mermaid statue sits on a rock in the harbor of Copenhagen, Denmark Langelinie. First-time tourists are often surprised by the relatively small size of the statue. The Little Mermaid statue is only 1.25 meters high and weighs 175 kg. The sculpture, designed by Edvard Eriksen, was erected in 1913 to commemorate the Little Mermaid game. The poor woman lost her head several times but was restored each time. Copenhagen officials announced that the statue can be moved further out in the port to avoid further vandalism and prevent tourists from climbing on it.
9. Lions of Delos
Delos Island, located near Mykonos, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites of Greece. Delos, Olympian Greek mythology saw it as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before making Apollo and Artemis’s birthplace. The Lions Terrace was dedicated to Apollo shortly before 600 BC by the people of Naxos, and initially there were 9 to 12 marble guardian lions along the Sacred Way. Only 5 lions have survived and there are parts from 3 lions. Originals exposed to weather conditions moved to the Delos Archeology Museum in 1999.
8. Mother Russia Statue
The Mother Russia statue, also called Motherland Calls, is a famous statue in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, which commemorates Russia’s Battle of Stalingrad. When the monument was appointed in 1967, it became the world’s tallest statue measuring 85 meters (279 feet) from the tip of the sword to the top of the pedestal. The shape itself measures 52 meters (170 feet) and the sword measures 33 meters (108 feet). Two hundred steps, symbolizing the 200 days of the Battle of Stalingrad, lead to the monument under the hill. The statue is now leaning due to groundwater level changes that cause foundations to move.
7. Olmec Heads
Olmec was a former pre-Columbian civilization, roughly in the state of Veracruz and Tabasco, living in the tropical plains of south central Mexico. Olmec civilization developed from about 1400 BC to 400 BC. The most well-known aspect of the Olmec civilization are the enormous helmeted heads. The heads are thought to be portraits of perhaps rulers dressed as ball players. The two heads are not alike, and helmet-like heads are decorated with distinctive elements. There are 17 enormous heads uncovered to date. The dimensions of the heads range from the head of the 3.4 m high Rancho La Cobata to the pair of 1.47 m high Tres Zapotes.
6. Mount Nemrut
Nimrod, near the city of Adiyaman, Turkey’s southeast is a mountain 2,134 meters in height. B.C. In 62, King Antiochus Theories of Commagene I built a grave shrine surrounded by two lions, two eagles, and various Greek and Persian gods, on top of the mountain, his giant statues (8-9 m / 26-30 ft high). . Since their erections, the heads fell from the bodies and scattered throughout the site. The Nemrut Mountain summit offers a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains. The main attraction is watching the sunrise from the east terrace, which gives the bodyless heads a beautiful orange color and contributes to the mystery feeling of the place.
5. David Statue
David is a masterpiece of a sculptor Renaissance sculpture from 1501 to 1504 by Michelangelo. The 5.17 meter (17 ft) marble statue depicts the Bible King David naked. Unlike David’s previous depictions, which depicted the hero after his victory over Goliath, Michelangelo chose to represent David before the fight when considering the future war. To protect it from damage, the famous statue was moved to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy in 1873, where it attracted many visitors. A copy was placed in the original location of Piazza della Signoria.
4. Great Sphinx
The Great Sphinx, located on the Giza Plateau near Cairo in Egypt, is one of the largest and oldest statues in the world, but the model of the face, when it was made, and by whom, is still being discussed. Although it is much smaller than the Pyramids around it, it is the largest monolith sculpture in the world. Despite the contradictory evidence and viewpoints that have emerged over the years, the traditional view that modern Egyptologists possess largely shows that the Great Sphinx was built around 2500 BC by the pharaoh Khafre, the so-called founder of the second pyramid in Giza.
3. Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France to celebrate the centenary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, stands on Liberty Island and is one of the most famous symbols in the world. It represents a woman wearing a stola, a bright crown and sandals, chewing a broken chain, carrying a torch and a tabula ansata tablet in her raised right hand. The construction of the statue was completed in France in July 1884 and came to New York the following year. From 1886 to the jet age, it was often one of the United States’ first glimpses for millions of immigrants.
2. Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer, a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Located at the top of the 700-meter (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain, the resort offers a wide panorama from the interior of Guanabara bay in the north to Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in the south. The statue stands at 39.6 meters (130 ft) high, including 9.5 meters (31 ft) pedestal and 30 meters (98 ft) wide. Although the statue of Cristo de la Concordia in Bolivia is slightly longer, it is one of the tallest of its kind in the world. The famous statue, a symbol of Christianity, became the symbol of Rio and Brazil.
The world-famous moai are monolithic sculptures found on Easter Island, one of the most isolated islands in the world. Famous sculptures were carved by the Polynesian colonists of the island, mostly between 1250 and 1500 AD. In addition to representing the deceased ancestors, the moai may also have been seen as a strong living or embodied by the old chefs. The longest moai called Paro was almost 10 meters high and weighed 75 tons. The heaviest, shorter but 86 tonnes of slum erected was moai, and once completed, an unfinished statue would be about 21 meters (69 feet) high and weighed about 270 tons. The sculptures were standing when the Europeans first visited the island, but most would be destroyed during clashes between clans. Today, about 50 moai have been rebuilt in museums on Easter Island or elsewhere.