Best Public Art Sculptures & 3D Artwork
Art sculptures are everywhere. They can be made from almost any material from scrap metal to sand, they can be tiny or huge, they can be modern or traditional, and they can be permanent or temporary.
On this page I have compiled photos of the best (and my personal favourite) sculptures, all of which are found in outdoor public spaces so that anyone can go to visit and appreciate them.
I've also provided links to online galleries of the best, the most famous and the strangest sculptures in the world, as well as public art installations such as the 'Little People' miniature street art creations.
I hope you find this page interesting and find the sculptures as impressive as I do :-)
This whimsical piece of public art is located on N. 36th Street at Troll Avenue N., under the north end of the Aurora Bridge (in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, U.S.)
It is clutching a VW Beetle in it's hand, and the sculpture even features in one of my favourite films '10 Things I Hate About You'!
Photo by Melenie Sayyeau.
Hot with the Chance of a Late Storm
This funny melted ice-cream van was an entry by The Glue Society in the 'Sculpture by the Sea' art event in Australia in 2006. It won both the Kids' and Peoples' Choice awards.
Photo by Sardionerak.
This statue of Marilyn Monroe stands in the pose made famous in 'The Seven Year Itch' movie, where Marilyn stands over a subway grate and a blast of air blows her skirt up. The sculpture stands in Palm Springs, California, after being moved from Chicago.
The figure is 26 feet tall and was created by the artist Seward Johnson.
Photo by DoodleMatt.
Galleries of Public Art Examples - As Well As Some Art Gallery Installations
- 22 Art Installations You Want To Live In
Showcasing the use of many different materials.
- Mark Jenkins
Lots of people-based sculptures and street art.
- Little People
Miniature and fun London-based street art.
- 10 Cool Art Installations
Great examples which include a Banksy piece.
- Artistic Buildings
50 amazing wacky buildings from around the world.
- Tape Sculptures
With a lot of homemade varieties.
- Street Art by OaKoAk
Simple art that interacts with the environment.
- Cow Parade
Range of completely unique cow sculptures which are found worldwide.
- Light Art
Using building facades as light shows.
- Creative Stage Design
Awesome example of theatre stage in the sea.
Scrap Metal Sculpture
South Dakota artist John Lopez makes awesome sculptures out of old tools, chains, and other found pieces of metal and scrap iron.
Photo by Jurassiraptor.
Damien Hirst Statue
Angel of the North
Best Sculptures Around The World
- Public Art Examples
Photos showing lots of awesome sculptures.
- 10 Wickedly Cool Examples
Eye-catching public art pieces.
- Snow & Ice Sculptures
Huge and amazing sculptures made only from snow and ice.
- Sand Sculptures
Brilliant examples of what can be made with this versatile material.
- 20 Strange Sculptures
Artwork which are out of the ordinary.
- Underwater Sculptures
Impressive art installation of many life-like underwater sculptures in Mexico.
- Weird Sculptures & Statues
Odd and surreal art in public places.
- Sculpture by the Sea
A public art event in Australia.
- Florentijin Hofman
Fun and random temporary sculptures including a giant rabbit.
- Emptyful Sculpture
Large, modern and colourfully lit science art in Canada.
'Another Place' consists of life-like cast iron sculptures spread across Crosby Beach in the North-West of England. They are made using casts of the artist's own body (Antony Gormley) and there are 100 in total. Each one weighs 650 kilos and they are all pointing out to sea. When the tide comes in they are submerged, and they have unfortunately raised alarm occasionally as people think they are real people drowning - oops!
Photo by KHRawlings.
Ode to the Commuter
Walking The Road
'Walking The Road' was an 18-sculpture art installation by Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, where various statues of a little girl and a dragonfly were placed along Sea Point promenade in Cape Town, South Africa.
The series of sculptures told a story of the journey of South Africans to every day Democracy. If you would like to learn more about the sculptures, click here.
The sculptures were removed (as planned) in 2011.
Other Fun Bits 'n' Pieces
- DIY Sculpture
Make your own sculpture for your house or garden.
- Crayola Crayon Sculptures
Brilliant wax crayon towers.
- Umbrella Art Installations
I love the yellow umbrellas in the tree.
- Another Floating Umbrella Installation
These colorful umbrellas look amazing in the sun.
- The Making of Public Sculptures
Behind the scenes at a workshop where fiberglass sculptures are made.
Best Books on Sculpting & Related Craft Techniques
If you wish to learn how to create your own sculptures from wire, paper mache, wood or concrete, these excellent craft books will give you all the guidance you need to get started:
Tetris Light Art
Packing Tape Horses
Tape sculptor/artist Mark Jenkins added horse sculptures to the lampposts all around Thomas Circle traffic circle in Washington DC to create a merry-go-round design.
Click here for a tutorial on making your own tape sculpture - written by the artist himself.
Photo by James Calder.
Solfar (Sun Voyager) Sculpture
This skeletal Viking Boat sculpture has the best view in the house, being positioned next to mountains and by the sea in the centre of Reykjavík, Iceland.
The sculpture is by Jón Gunnar Árnason.
Photo by McKay Savage.
Please Leave a Comment!
Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on June 15, 2015:
A wonderful collection! I love the figures in the beach that submerse with the tide, great energy in that one! I am a public artist myself, glad to see public art displayed here so wonderfully!
Jason from Indianapolis, IN. USA on May 21, 2015:
I believe public art makes a statement of the community. In this day of national and global chains and brands names, it is refreshing to see something truly unique to that particular point in the world.
squid-janices7 on August 11, 2013:
What an awesome lens! Love all the pictures and sculptures obviously.
knitstricken on February 27, 2013:
Another great visit with another of your stimulating lenses! I'll be back! Thanks for the public art installation tour! Three pieces dear to me are: The FREE stamp in Cleveland, Ruby the pig at Seattle's Pike Place Market, and the Bremen Town Musicians in Bremen, Germany. :o)
Stephanie from Canada on January 10, 2013:
These are really cool! I wish I'd seen the tetris ones :)
Margot_C on December 25, 2012:
Loved the scrap metal sculpture. What a great way to re-purpose junk and keep it out of the land fills. I think I love looking at art because I'm not very good at it myself and am always in awe of people's creativity. Thanks for the lens.
DMVAgent on August 05, 2012:
This is the best sculpture ever! very great.
Loucreate on May 25, 2012:
Love the sculptures!
JoolsObsidian LM on April 16, 2012:
This is a great lens! I really enjoyed it! Some excellent photos and information.
GaelicForge on December 25, 2011:
Inspiring sculptures- I'd love to do something huge one of these days.
jtbmetaldesigns on December 12, 2011:
Thank you for sharing! I love this lense! I love to weld art and cool home stuff.
Someday I need to do public installations. For now I do home and office décor
ironmonkey on October 08, 2011:
Spikey64 on October 04, 2011:
Street art brightens up many lives.
Bernie from Corbin, KY on September 24, 2011:
i think they cost is not worth it unless donated.
wizardgold lm on May 18, 2011:
I want more art in the streets