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The sculpture is actually an exact replica of Baldaccini’s own thumb. Built in 1965, this gigantic thumb still stands today. The fact that no one really gets it is probably what makes it even more bizarre.
Charles La Trobe
Statue : Charles La Trobe
The Australian sculptor Charles Robb says the controversial nature of this statue, located at La Trobe University in Melbourne, is what makes it a memorable monument.
Written in four ancient languages —Ancient Greek, Babylonian, Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Sanskrit — this unusual monument was erected in March 1980 by an unidentified group of people. These tablets enforce the main concepts necessary to maintaining a human population of less than 500,000,000, and to unite humanity with a new language and new spiritual belief system. Yoko Ono is a known fan of this peculiar American landmark.
Hand of the desert
In the Atacam Desert in Chile, you’ll find a hand that seems to be emerging from the sand. The closer you get to it, the bigger it seems, giving the impression that a giant human is breaking out of the sand as you approach.
Created by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrazabal, the hand is quite literally in the middle of nowhere. However, if you have the chance to roam the Chilean desert, you’ll certainly appreciate its cool effect.
There isn’t much information available on this peculiar landmark, but we do know for sure that it was created by Italian artist Stefano Bombardieri.