STRANGE & UNUSUAL STATUES OF FAMOUS CELEBRITIES
Added on: 2nd Sep 2016
Regarded as the best rock singer of all time by Classic Rock,
Freddie Mercury was the famous front man of the band Queen.
Soon after his death, a 10ft (3m) statue was built overlooking
Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Every year since 2003, Queen
fans have flooded the area in early September for
“Freddie Mercury Montreux Memorial Day”.
KIM IL-SUNG & KIM JONG-IL
North Korean leaders aren’t known for their subtleties, as
shown in these 72ft (22m) tall statues of former leaders
Kim Il-sung and Kim-Jong-il in Pyongyang.
The Amy Winehouse statue in north London hasn’t missed
out on her strong attitude nor her trademark beehive hairstyle.
The statue can be found in Camden Town, just near where
Winehouse passed away from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
In 2009, the Chinese government built a massive 105ft (32m) tall,
135ft (41m) wide statue depicting a young Mao Zedong, the
founder of the People’s Republic of China. Construction on
another statue of Chairman Mao in the central Henan province
began in early 2016 in but was mysteriously destroyed. The
Communist Party claims the massive gold-painted statue
was not approved and thus was removed.
One of the oddest statues of a famous person on the list,
“Michael Jackson and Bubbles” was created by American
sculptor Jeff Koons. The statue features the famous singer
reclining on a bed of flowers with his domesticated
chimpanzee, Bubbles, relaxing on his lap. (For another strange
Michael Jackson statue, check out the 30ft (9.1m) tall
effigy outside a McDonald’s in the Netherlands.)
Due to his immense contributions to the field of theoretical
physics, Albert Einstein has been honoured in stone and
metal all across the world. This 12ft (3.5m) statue rests in the
Albert Einstein Memorial on Washington D.C.’s National Mall.
Gracing the Melbourne Docklands in Australia is a statue of
Graham Kennedy, the “King of Australian television”. Widely
known as a variety performer and star of multiple mediums
include radio, theatre, and film, Kennedy was immortalized in
this cheeky statue, crown included, soon after his death.
Popular children’s book character Paddington Bear was
fictionally found in London’s Paddington Station by the
Brown family, who adopted him. To honour decades of success,
this statue of the polite bear was made for the station.
This statue of comedian Ken Dodd stands in the largest
railway station in Liverpool. An iconic British funny man,
Dodd made his place in the Guinness Book of Records for
hosting the world’s longest joke telling session: 1,500 jokes
over 3.5 hours. Here he holds his famous red, white
and blue “tickling stick”.