The Thinker. The Pieta. The Venus de Milo. These are some of the sculptures that have captured humanity. Though many of them have been around for centuries, the sheer talent of the artists continues to astound us.
Who doesn’t get overwhelmed looking at the realistic folds of stone “cloth” on the Giovanni Strazza’s Veiled Virgin? And what about the emotional response people have when they see the millennia-old bust of Nerfertiti, rumored to have been the most beautiful woman in the history of the world?
Now along with the sculptures we’ve appreciated, it’s time for something completely different. The sculptures you’re about to see are famous for an entirely different reason. They’re famous because they’re downright ugly.
Not only are they ugly, but in some cases, we can’t even tell what they’re supposed to be. For some of them, the artists used hundreds of dollars of public funding. Others are so bad they caused a public outcry. And then there are those that have become a local embarrassment.
We know it takes creativity, impeccable skill, precision to create sculptures. But these don’t have any of that. Here are 60 of the ugliest sculptures and statues ever seen.