We humans have immortalized some of the greatest scientists, most extravagant orators, and most remarkable adventurers in statue form. But sometimes, we make sculptures which aren’t as special; unusual statues such as the Michael Jackson statue outside a McDonalds in the Netherlands or famous Czech artist David Černý’s controversial purple middle finger in the center of Prague’s Vltava River. Though these sculptures may seem bizarre or shocking, wait until you see the unusual statues of famous celebrities found in this post.
In this list, we’ve scoured the entirety of humanity’s statue legacy to find some especially strange statues of celebrities and famous people. Have you seen the statue of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo with the huge bulge? Or how about the classic statue of St. Bartholomew carrying his own skin over his shoulder? Or maybe you’ve seen the statue of supermodel Kate Moss in nothing more than a leotard performing a complex yoga pose? (It’s even the largest gold sculpture created since the time of the Ancient Egyptians.)
The statues on this list are odd and sometimes shocking (we can’t stress the Kate Moss statue enough – can you believe it was commissioned by the British Museum?) and are sure to make you wonder whey they were ever made. Check out these 25 Strange and Unusual Statues of Famous Celebrities.
Regarded as the best rock singer of all time by Classic Rock, Freddie Mercury was the famous front man of the band Queen. Soon after his death, a 10 foot (3 m) statue was built overlooking Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Every year since 2003, Queen fans have flooded the area in early September for “Freddie Mercury Montreux Memorial Day”.
Kim Il-sung & Kim Jong-il
North Korean leaders aren’t known for their subtleties, as shown in these 72 feet (22 m) tall statues of former leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim-Jong-il in Pyongyang.
The Amy Winehouse statue in north London hasn’t missed out on her strong attitude nor her trademark beehive hairstyle. The statue can be found in Camden Town, just near where Winehouse passed away from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
In 2009, the Chinese government built a massive 105 foot (32 m) tall, 135 foot (41 m) wide statue depicting a young Mao Zedong, the founder of the People’s Republic of China. Construction on another statue of Chairman Mao in the central Henan province began in early 2016 in but was mysteriously destroyed. The Communist Party claims the massive gold-painted statue was not approved and thus was removed.
One of the oddest statues of a famous person on the list, “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” was created by American sculptor Jeff Koons. The statue features the famous singer reclining on a bed of flowers with his domesticated chimpanzee, Bubbles, relaxing on his lap. (For another strange Michael Jackson statue, check out the 30 foot (9.1 m) tall effigy outside a McDonald’s in the Netherlands.)