10 Most Famous Statues in the World
Sometimes when we think of art we just focus on paintings and forget all about the wonderful world of sculpture. Over the centuries artists have created some of the most detailed, beautiful, impressive, and famous statues the world has ever seen. They've found their ways into film and television and have even become popular international symbols; they are amongst the most influential works of all time. Not one for art and sculptures? Prepare to be surprised, as I'm willing to bet you're already aware of more of them than you realize!
Moai by the Rapa Nui people
Location: Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island
These enormous figures carved out of stone were created on Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500. 887 statues were erected in total, which is staggering considering the size and weight of the pieces of rock. Far from just being fun, quirky, interesting pieces to look at - which they most certainly are - these sculptures were actually created for spiritual purposes. The Rapa Nui people believed that they held the spirits of deceased ancestors, who would look over and protect the people. If only more art looked great as well as being protective in this way!
Christ the Redeemer by Paul Landowski
Location: Parque Nacional da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Paul Landowski's concrete and stone sculpture entitled Christ the Redeemer has become an iconic image around the world. Standing at nearly 40 meters (125 feet) tall in total, this statue overlooks the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and dominates the skyline. It's such an impressive feat of both art and engineering that it has become an immensely popular tourist attraction; it has even earned a coveted place on the list of 'New Seven Wonders of the World' - and deservedly so!