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100 Unconventional Sculptures

From Pantyhose Portraits to Sinister Garden Gnomes

— September 10, 2012 — Naughty
Gone are the days of the ancient Greeks who created statues with stone and a chisel; today’s artists will go to any length to make unconventional sculptures. 

Art is about getting noticed and provoking thought. By using unconventional materials like melted toys and pantyhose, and placing their works in outlandish locations, like the beach and roofs of buildings, modern artists are challenging viewers to rethink the definition of sculptural art.

These unconventional sculptures in public areas bring surrealism to individuals' everyday lives. This challenges people to be more creative, to question what is and is not possible and to think outside of the box.

Check out these supremely inventive works that are pushing the boundaries of what art means.
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Weeping Cartoon Statues
Weeping Cartoon Statues
The Kaws Companion is Hugely Impressive in Scale and Detail
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Fallen Politician Sculptures
Fallen Politician Sculptures
Antonio Garullo and Mario Ottocento Create 'The Italian Dream'
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97
Upside-Down Racetracks
Upside-Down Racetracks
The Gerry Judah Lotus Sculpture is a Wild Ride
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96
Bowling Pin Monsters
Bowling Pin Monsters
Peter Nordstrom Creates Alien Sculptures with Sports Gear
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95
Spinning Airplane Sculptures
Spinning Airplane Sculptures
The Paola Pivi 'How I Roll' Project Soars
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94
Ancient Smartphone Stallions
Ancient Smartphone Stallions
The 'Ascend D Quad' Pegasus Statue Will Channel Power from the Gods
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93
Melting Popsicle Installations
Melting Popsicle Installations
The Carl Kleiner Lollipops are Fun and Resourceful
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92
$8,500 Yard Decorations
$8,500 Yard Decorations
This Life-Sized Elephant Statue is Staggering
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91
Sashimi-Inspired Sculptures
Sashimi-Inspired Sculptures
The Slater Barron Sushi Lint Series Looks Good Enough to Eat
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90
Scaly Educational Sculptures
Scaly Educational Sculptures
The Muju Ocean Guardians are Charitable and Promote Environmentalism
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89
Punny Protective Sculptures
Punny Protective Sculptures
The Mark Ward Split Melon is a Brain Teaser
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88
Industrial Dinosaur Locomotives
Industrial Dinosaur Locomotives
The Triceratops Tractor Makes a Mysterious Appearance in London
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87
Super-Sized Sculptures
Super-Sized Sculptures
Design Toscano Reinvents the Statue of David
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86
Sticky Chewed Candy Sculptures
Sticky Chewed Candy Sculptures
Dutch College Students Create a Chewing Gum Statue
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85
Artfully Redesigned Phone Booths
Artfully Redesigned Phone Booths
The BT ArtBox Project Re-Imagines the Traditional Telephone Box
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84
Steel Cowboy Art
Steel Cowboy Art
Designer Jeff De Boers Creates Crossiron Western Creations
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83
Spiraling Sun Shelters
Spiraling Sun Shelters
This Ohad Lustgarten Shade is a Movable Refuge From the Elements
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82
Destroyed Dish Sculptures
Destroyed Dish Sculptures
Plate by Bernard Gigounon and Lucile Soufflet Represents Domestic Cycle
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81
Crafty Statue Covers
Crafty Statue Covers
Agata Olek's Crocheted Charging Bull is a Christmas Gift to New York
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80
Super Soaker Sculptures
Super Soaker Sculptures
Douglas Young Turns Toys into a Chromatic Art Installation
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79
Melting Clay Sculptures
Melting Clay Sculptures
Mourriture for Fricote Mag by Alexandra Bruel is Quirky and Contemporary
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78
White Chocolate Statues
White Chocolate Statues
The 'World Heritage Monuments' Replica is Made Out of Chocolate
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77
Statement State Sculptures
Statement State Sculptures
The Design Turnpike USA 'License Plate Maps' are Bold like the Nation
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76
Gory Frozen Sculptures
Gory Frozen Sculptures
Marc Quinn's Self (Blood Head) Series is Made Out of a Macabre Material
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75
Soda Tribute Statues
Soda Tribute Statues
The Coke Fan Man is a Coke Crate Creation for the World Cup
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74
Mystery Statue Tribute Art
Mystery Statue Tribute Art
Intricate Crafts in Honor of the Easter Island Hats
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73
Negative Space Sculptures
Negative Space Sculptures
The Rachel Whiteread Series Focuses on Exploring Ideas of Absence
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72
Deep Sea Statuettes
Deep Sea Statuettes
The Museo Subacuatico de Arte de Cancun Dives Deep for Art
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71
Climable Outdoor Art
Climable Outdoor Art
Playsculptures by Pieter Kortekaas Encourage Kids to Come Up and Jump On
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70
Chopstick Dragon Sculptures
Chopstick Dragon Sculptures
Cafe Asiatage Promotes Grand Opening With a Wooden Beast's Roar
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69
Real Anime Statues
Real Anime Statues
The Chim Pom ‘Super Rats' are Dead Reminders of the Japanese Iconic
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68
Straw Body Part Installations
Straw Body Part Installations
Sang Sik Hong Creates Unbelievable 3D Art
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67
Giant Iconic Statues
Giant Iconic Statues
Seward Johnson Unviels 26-Foot Sculpture of Marilyn Monroe
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66
Technoviking-Inspired Sculptures
Technoviking-Inspired Sculptures
The Meme Junkyard by Wafaa Bilal Represents the YouTube Sensation
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65
3D Sound Wave Sculptures
3D Sound Wave Sculptures
The 'Microsonic Landscapes' by Realität Bring Your Songs to Life
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64
Miniature Cardboard Computer Models
Miniature Cardboard Computer Models
The New Industrial Revolution by Kyle Bean is a Success
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63
Miniature Pasta Models
Miniature Pasta Models
Sergey Pakhomov Creates Intricate Sculptures of Vehicles and Homes
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62
Burnt Sugar Sculptures
Burnt Sugar Sculptures
Designs by Jonas Etter are Ablaze with Artful Melting
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61
Massive Transformer Replicas
Massive Transformer Replicas
A Huge Optimus Prime Statue is on Display in China
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60
Soccer Ball Statues
Soccer Ball Statues
The Nike World Cup Sculpture is Entirely Created out of Soccer Balls
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59
Nude Teen Superstar Sculptures
Nude Teen Superstar Sculptures
This Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Piece by Daniel Edwards is Odd
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58
Skeletal Rabbit Statues
Skeletal Rabbit Statues
'Silly Pink Bunnies' by Jeremy Fish Adds to Lower Haight Murals
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57
Melodramatic Recycled Sculptures
Melodramatic Recycled Sculptures
The Designs by Khalil Chishtee are Made of Plastic Bags
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56
Intricate Flip-Flop Figurines
Intricate Flip-Flop Figurines
The Gigantic ‘Macaco Gordo’ Sculpture by Florentijn Hofm
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55
Classical Comic Sculptures
Classical Comic Sculptures
Mauro Perrucchetti's Modern Heroes Features Batman and Superman
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54
Supersized Sand Sculptures
Supersized Sand Sculptures
JOOheng Tan Creates an Amazing Art Installation for Omo Promotion
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53
Recycled Gadget Statues
Recycled Gadget Statues
Giant Cell Phone Sculpture in Cluj Napoca is Made from Used Phones
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52
Swirling Technicolor Structures
Swirling Technicolor Structures
The Fabric Transformation Pavilion Constantly Changes Color
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51
Paper People-Made Sculptures
Paper People-Made Sculptures
The Transparent God Installation Represents Fragile Beliefs
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50
Marble-Immortalized Top Models
Marble-Immortalized Top Models
Sebastian Sauvé Becomes a Modern-Day Michelangelo’s 'Dav
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49
Clothespinned Car Installations
Clothespinned Car Installations
Generik Vapeur Creates a Colorfully Comical Artpiece
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48
Machete-Wielding Sculptures
Machete-Wielding Sculptures
Gregor Gaida's Work Features Characters in Full Action
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47
Skeleton-Inspired Cutlery Sculptures
Skeleton-Inspired Cutlery Sculptures
Carlos Bonil Creates Intricate Art Out of Plastic Utensils
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46
Hipster Dome Installations
Hipster Dome Installations
Step Inside a Creative Mind by Prodigium Looks like a Bald Man
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45
Gigantic Military Mask Sculptures
Gigantic Military Mask Sculptures
Subodh Gupta Crafts Protective Gear Using Old Pots & Pans
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44
Kitchen Utensil Sculpting
Kitchen Utensil Sculpting
Spoons As an Art Medium, Used From Jewelry to Statues
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43
Skateboard Deck Statues (UPDATE)
Skateboard Deck Statues (UPDATE)
These Haroshi Wooden Sculptures are Artful and Intricate
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42
Animalistic Assassin-Like Figures
Animalistic Assassin-Like Figures
Yinka Shonibare Creates Sculptures That are Uber Surreal
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Melting Superhero Sculptures
Melting Superhero Sculptures
'No One Can Save Us Now' is a Take on Global Warming
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40
Gigantic Metal Cows
Gigantic Metal Cows
Finnish Sculptor Miina Äkkijyrkkä Mixes Agriculture and Art Culture
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39
Life-Sized Nintendo Heroes
Life-Sized Nintendo Heroes
Papercrafter Haywan Shows Major Love for the Legend of Zelda
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38
Inflated Sculpture Displays
Inflated Sculpture Displays
The Jeff Koons Fondation Beyeler Exhibit is Balloon-Themed
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37
Lego Jesus
Lego Jesus
‘Christus' Statue Made Of 30,000 Toy Blocks Unveiled for Swedish Easter
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36
3D Silhouette Sculptures
3D Silhouette Sculptures
Xavier Veilhan Creates Unusual Sculptures of Human Forms
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35
Face-Swapped Sculptures
Face-Swapped Sculptures
Yoskay Yamamoto Creates Pop Culture Statues Without Their Usual Visages
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Personified Sticky Statues
Personified Sticky Statues
The 2011 Scotch Tape Off the Roll Contest Calls for Adhesive Art
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Catastrophic Tape Collisions
Catastrophic Tape Collisions
Artist Monika Grzymala Creates Darkly Dramatic Depictions
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Extensive Spiralling Sculptures
Extensive Spiralling Sculptures
Sity by Sonik Module Wraps itself Around an Urban Park
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Emotional Wire Art
Emotional Wire Art
David Oliveira Expertly Recreates the Human Form
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Colorful Edible Sculptures
Colorful Edible Sculptures
The Food Art by Dan Cretu Transforms Fruits and Veggies into Artwork
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Precious Junk Statuettes
Precious Junk Statuettes
Joe Pogan Creates Metal Animal Sculptures from Nails and Locks
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Monstrous Man Statues
Monstrous Man Statues
Arabic Storyteller of Giant Proportions in Dubai by VisionDivision
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Kitschy Salvaged Statuettes
Kitschy Salvaged Statuettes
Robert Bradford's Recycled Toy Sculptures are Made of Old Plastic
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Pantyhose Portraits
Pantyhose Portraits
The Stocking Sculptures by Rosa Verloop Display Personality
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Laundry-Inspired Installations
Laundry-Inspired Installations
Shadow by Kaarina Kaikkonen Comments on the Working Man
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Board Game Statues
Board Game Statues
David Mach's Sculpture Made of Domino & Scrabble Tiles
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Drinking Glass Sculptures
Drinking Glass Sculptures
'Public Swimming Pool on a Background of a Field of Barley' Installation
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Transformative Textbook Art
Transformative Textbook Art
Ryuta Iida Applies Imagination to Narrative with Her Modern Sculptures
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Pure Candy Sculptures
Pure Candy Sculptures
The Osamu Watanabe Collection is Appetizingly Sweet
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Giant Bubble Gum Sculptures
Giant Bubble Gum Sculptures
'Chewing in Venice' by Simone Decker Makes for Sticky Sightings
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Melting Statue Replicas
Melting Statue Replicas
Urs Fischer Creates Wax Sculpture of The Rape of the Sabine Women
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Home-Inspired Public Sculptures
Home-Inspired Public Sculptures
'The House as a Metaphor' Concept Art Makes You Feel Right at Home
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Eerily Meticulous Statues
Eerily Meticulous Statues
These Human Sculptures by Tip Toland Convey Lessons of Beauty
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Retro-Futuristic Sculptures
Retro-Futuristic Sculptures
Bergdorff Goodman's Window Display Offers Fashion Surrealism
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Microscopic Food Sculptures (UPDATE)
Microscopic Food Sculptures (UPDATE)
Big Appetites by Christopher Boffoli is Adorable
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14
Macabre Mannequin Installations
Macabre Mannequin Installations
The Chen Wenling 'Red Memory' Installation of Emotional Statues
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13
Desktop Bamboo Walking Machine
Desktop Bamboo Walking Machine
The Humble Velocipede is Inspired by Theo Jansen's Strandbeest
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12
Bottle Sea Creature Art
Bottle Sea Creature Art
The Fish Sculptures on Botafogo Beach Promotes Sustainability
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11
Skeletal Fairytale Statues
Skeletal Fairytale Statues
Centaur Made of Real Bones
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10
Human Plant Sculptures (UPDATE)
Human Plant Sculptures (UPDATE)
Mathilde Roussel's Life of Grass is Anthropomorphic and Organic
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9
Creepy Wax Sculptures
Creepy Wax Sculptures
The Melted Works of Jane Moseley are Incredibly Lifelike
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8
Marriage-Saving Sculptures
Marriage-Saving Sculptures
Stephanie Seymour and Husband Save Their Union With a Nude Statue
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7
Giant Bunny Sculptures
Giant Bunny Sculptures
Florentijn Hofman's Big Yellow Rabbit Looks Like a Huge Plush Toy
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Liquifying Sugar Sculptures
Liquifying Sugar Sculptures
Skye Kelly Uses Toffee to Articulate the Aesthetics of Transition
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5
Human Sculptures Through Body Paint
Human Sculptures Through Body Paint
Statuesque in Wound Magazine
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4
Suspended Charcoal Installations
Suspended Charcoal Installations
Seon Ghi Bahk's Sculptures Look like They are Disintegrating
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3
Emotional Toy Statues
Emotional Toy Statues
The 'RED' Exhibition of Nathan Sawaya LEGO Sculptures
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2
Sinister Garden Gnomes
Sinister Garden Gnomes
The Sculpture Park of Veiji Ronkkonen is a Very Scary Place
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Optical Illusion Structures
Optical Illusion Structures
The Reframe Art Installation Features Multiple Perspectives
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