By M. W. Byrne

16 Famous Sculptures and Statutes Worth Seeing in Person

Even if you’ve seen every possible picture from every possible angle, there’s still much to discover in these 16 statues and standing works.

Shoes on the Danube

Forced to remove their shoes before being executed, the installation by Gyula Pauer is a grim reminder of the path all Nazis, be they called the Arrow Cross Party, the alt-right, or White Nationalists, wish us to walk.


Terracotta Warriors

The army of Qin Shi Huang stands 8,000 strong with 670 horses and 130 chariots.


Terracotta Daughters

The 108 sculptures rendered by Prune Nourry and several workers represent the young women of China who are forced to fight in a nation that ignores and maligns women, leaving female children out on hillsides to die so as to carry the family line.


Mount Rushmore

More than 400 workers toiled on the living stone of the mountain, earning what amounts to about $100 per day, for fourteen years to accomplish this colossal monument.


Statue of Liberty

There’s no need to climb inside like a tourist, but take the ferry to pass in the shadow of this bronze beauty, dreamed up by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and executed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.


Venus de Milo

Found in 1820, the Venus, AKA Aphrodite of Milos is thought to show the goddess of love, but is awe-inspiring in its humanity and strength.


The Burghers of Calais

Paving the path for modern sculpture by depicting humans put on the same plane as the viewer, the representation here is of the strife that came from the 100 years’ war between France and Britain.