Uglier Than the Pat Tillman Statue

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#40 Pat Tillman honored with this statue in Arizona.

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/818/r2186458296oz4.jpg

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/6743/l2218011sy2.jpg

Please post pictures of worse looking statues. It will make me feel better.

I will start with this one.

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/7076/nbfs2xr2.gif

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:34 (thirteen years ago) link

This 9/11 monmument was offered to Jersey City. Jersey City refused it, so it went to Bayonne instead:

http://www.bayonnelra.com/memorial.jpg

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:37 (thirteen years ago) link

ha its a vergina

latebloomer: not to be confused with the dolphin from Seaquest DSV (latebloomer), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Ugh. Looks like it was designed by those Pink Floyd album cover people.

This one is an old family favorite of mine, but still, a little creepy.

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/7585/thevulcanstatuepr7.jpg

I also drove to Alabama one summer specifically to see it, AND IT WAS GONE.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:38 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.robmacdougall.org/images/96christofozarks.jpg

Christ of the Ozarks. Crazy out of proportion. Built by an anti-Semite. Everytime someone talks about it, they have to point out how you could hang an Volkswagon from each arm, and the arms wouldn't break off.

It's always a Volkswagon they mention, too.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:40 (thirteen years ago) link

morticia addams + close encounters alien (long skinny truffaut bro one) + that dude who didn't kill jonbenet

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:43 (thirteen years ago) link

I think I've posted it before, but another Jersey City oddity is the Polish WWII memorial:

http://www.jerseypride.com/images/images_of_nj/monuments_and_structures/ww2_memorial.jpg

I don't think it can compete with the Tillman statue for ugliness, but it's weird and creepy (yes, that's a polish soldier with his hands tied behind his back and a bayonet going all the way through his torso)

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Now I do have to say that I love me some Eureka Springs:

http://www.flyeureka.com/skyradio/images/christofoz.jpg

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:47 (thirteen years ago) link

1939, another number, another bummer.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:48 (thirteen years ago) link

http://catcode.com/dc120/vac0997/charlotte2.jpg

Statue of Queen Charlotte outside the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Jessie the Monster (scarymonsterrr), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:48 (thirteen years ago) link

http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/4/4c/200px-MorrisFrank.jpg

This one is in Morristown, NJ. I kind of think it looks like Christopher Walken (Walken the dog!)

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:51 (thirteen years ago) link

http://static.flickr.com/23/25923419_cb29c4e25b.jpg?v=0
"Lord, toss me a PFD!"


(at Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio.)

King-a-Ling (King-a-Ling), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:56 (thirteen years ago) link

http://vcnv.org/images/02mlk.jpg

um

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 05:58 (thirteen years ago) link

WHAT THE FUCK

I KNOW FOR DAMN SURE I DIDN'T POST LIKE THAT AND CERTAINLY NOT TWICE

It's the lazy and immoral way to become super hip. (Austin, Still), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Man, Austin is a hotbed of crappy sculpture. There's the "Nightwing" bat just south of the Congress Ave bridge

The stocky woman firing a cannon farther north on congress.

A giant Lone Star in front of the history museum.

http://static.flickr.com/66/199253448_4a749a3cf3.jpg?v=0

And of course, Steve Ray Vaughn.

http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/9/9c/200px-SRV.jpeg

It's the lazy and immoral way to become super hip. (Austin, Still), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha, WTF at Martin Luther King, cotton-pickin' field hand.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Wait, that SRV is great though - his shadow is playing the guitar!

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:03 (thirteen years ago) link

I can't find a good set of shots in situ but if you go to this page and click on each of the individual images, you'll see what was installed near the Science Library on campus a couple of years ago. In full daylight as part of a rock garden they look especially ridiculous.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Statues that are all painted/coloured in like that man with dog one always look really weird.

Trayce (trayce), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:05 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm pretty sure it's the work of J. Seward Johnson, who has stuff all over NJ and I think in other states too. He's kind of like George Segal meets Norman Rockwell.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:06 (thirteen years ago) link

I like the Bayonnet one.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:09 (thirteen years ago) link

thought this was gonna be another girlz of ilx thread

and what (ooo), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:17 (thirteen years ago) link

I have seen Giant Jesus way too many times when driving down I-75. Every time I pass that statue, I have to fight the urge to yell, "TOUCHDOWN!"

Nathan P1p (hoyanathan), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:18 (thirteen years ago) link

Technically more "public sculpture" than statues, but total WTF:

[broken image links removed]

These little blob-people are scattered outside the Minneapolis Federal Courthouse, though I'm not sure they're so much "ugly" as they are bizarrely out of place. Not pictured: the arch that seems to be comprised partially of these little "Mr. Men" critters and/or boulders. It's supposed to be a sociological statement or something. Apparently the sculptor does a ton of this stuff.

nate p. (natepatrin), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh yeah, that guy has stuff in the Subway. It's kinda cute - never really minded it.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:21 (thirteen years ago) link

martin luther king jr got a little bit ofhttp://www.dw-world.de/image/0,,1220206_1,00.jpggoing on

A Giant Mechanical Ant (The Giant Mechanical Ant), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Two that are a little more conceptual, but equally ugly:

This one is in the narrow concrete of york university, the building is a perfect example of the stalinist block school of modernism, and the courtyards are filled with either concrete pads, or grey shale...here is a quebecois artist attempt at fitting in--its minimalism makes a bleak place even bleaker:

http://static.flickr.com/112/297104558_83a1967373_m.jpg

and here is a small monument to unborn children, in niagra falls:
http://static.flickr.com/107/297104555_5cd5c7cd8f.jpg

pinkmoose (jacklove), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:44 (thirteen years ago) link

unborn children: an inspiration to us all

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:49 (thirteen years ago) link

reach for the major labia!

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 06:49 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.shipbrook.com/jeff/gimping/CosbyLiberty.jpg

g00blar (gooblar), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 14:31 (thirteen years ago) link

this is supposed to be tupac
http://www.thuglifearmy.com/images/My%20Pictures/Tupac%20Shakur/Tupac_Statue.JPG

and what (ooo), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 14:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha, Tupac is a 45-year-old minister.

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 14:41 (thirteen years ago) link

shown in his characteristic suit jacket & waistcoat

and what (ooo), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 14:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Hey P. Plains, Vulcan is alive and well in Birmingham.

Django Blowhardt (Rock Hardy), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:04 (thirteen years ago) link

"So what were you hoping with that statue of Tupac?"
"I always imagined him playing W. E. B. DuBois in a movie..."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:07 (thirteen years ago) link

http://z.about.com/d/phoenix/1/0/4/4/Keeping_Up.jpg

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Relative of yours, Scott?

http://sewardjohnson.com/site/index.html

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Someone should just start uglystatues.com

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:14 (thirteen years ago) link

no! they had a lot of his stuff around philly.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:14 (thirteen years ago) link

i kinda like the IDEA of johnson's stuff though. but then i was a big duane hanson fan when i was a little kid.


http://www.waloszek.de/f3_kal/02-duane-hanson.jpg

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:16 (thirteen years ago) link

Angry school teacher glares at Glasgow

http://www.glasgowsculpture.com/images/c0238_w.jpg

Someone knocked his glasses off

http://www.glasgowsculpture.com/images/c0306_w.jpg

(it's Donald Dewar - Scotland's First First Minister)

ONIMO ph34rz teh NOIZE (GerryNemo), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:18 (thirteen years ago) link

not a statue but easily my least favorite piece of public art. union sq, nyc:

[img removed]http://worldofjunimoon.com/images/NYCtrip/UnionSquareArt.jpg

i am however a big fan of those silly lil dudes to be found @ the minneapolis federal courthouse and the nyc subway. there's also some @ the metrotech center in downtown brooklyn and, most delightfully, popping out the hudson on the upper west side.

who's buddy on the horse in the question? i likes him.

jhoshea megafauna (scoopsnoodle), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:18 (thirteen years ago) link

http://catcode.com/dc120/vac0997/charlotte2.jpg

Is this a statue of Queen Charlotte taking a canon blast to the gut? WTF.

stoked for the madness (nickalicious), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:19 (thirteen years ago) link

J. Seward Johnson has these creepy 3D versions of famous paintings at Grounds for Sculpture in Trenton:

Dejuner Sur L'Herbe:
http://nary.org/Dejeuner/dejeuner_grounds.jpg

Boating Party:
http://www.wine-people.com/images/boatingpartyWEB.jpg

A-ron Hubbard (Hurting), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:19 (thirteen years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/Wcibwx9.jpg

pplains, Sunday, 25 June 2017 23:57 (two years ago) link

Is that a statue or a dude in a costume?!

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 26 June 2017 00:09 (two years ago) link

This thread's reminded me of this statue, which I guess isnt that ugly per se, but every time we drive past it, my bf mutters darkly (in the voice of the statue) "I'm gunna fuckin kill you and everyone you care about!"

https://melbourneartcritic.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/dsc05381.jpg

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 26 June 2017 00:10 (two years ago) link

THE BROS

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Monday, 26 June 2017 00:34 (two years ago) link

Cat in the Hat resembles Terry Wogan statue.

pplains, Monday, 26 June 2017 01:38 (two years ago) link

Or vice-versa, who tf knows, we're through the looking glass here people.

pplains, Monday, 26 June 2017 01:38 (two years ago) link

Trayce, have you seen this monstrosity? http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/8590026-3x2-940x627.jpg
Admittedly it's more who it's commemorating that's the problem here...

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Monday, 26 June 2017 03:48 (two years ago) link

shoulda carved back the torso & hung a set of swings off his ears

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 June 2017 03:59 (two years ago) link

I saw Tony Abbott on the beach once, coming in from a surf - he has that stupid duck waddle walk even when there are no cameras around.

Terry Wogan statue looks a bit disconcertingly like Nick Cave

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 26 June 2017 04:08 (two years ago) link

Ha yeah I havent in person but I gather that went up in the avenue of PMs thingy in Ballarat a while ago. Euugh.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 26 June 2017 04:33 (two years ago) link

Why is Don Revie wearing a dog collar?

Michael Jones, Monday, 26 June 2017 21:49 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

I had heard about these awful, ugly statues, but had never bothered to look them up. GOOD LORD.

http://i.imgur.com/mPHKEvd.jpg http://i.imgur.com/OHyiKZZ.jpg

They used to sit in front of the U.S. Capitol until they were removed finally in 1958.

pplains, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 14:39 (two years ago) link

And when I say "in front of the U.S. Capitol," I do not mean in some obscure clearing behind a tree on the lawn or somewhere. I mean

http://i.imgur.com/7Ge8iqK.png

^ Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, 1861.

pplains, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 14:40 (two years ago) link

Not creepy at all.

http://i.imgur.com/pdnXlPC.jpg

pplains, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 14:41 (two years ago) link

'Hey, we just got here. Did you guys find a place yet?

y. Pretty high up. Good view.

Cool. Where you guys at?

Uhhhhh

http://i.imgur.com/H3BtvSi.png

pplains, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 14:43 (two years ago) link

"The Rescue" is the name of the frontiersman statue. It's got a neat Paul Harvey/Raiders of the Lost Ark twist:

In 1976, a crane accidentally dropped The Rescue while moving it to a new Smithsonian storage area in Maryland, thus reducing it to several fragments. Today they lie next to Discovery, also said to be in poor condition.

In an unusual collaboration between the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, the pioneer's dog from The Rescue was exhibited during a temporary show, “Horatio Greenough: An American Sculptor's Drawings” in late 1999.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rescue_(statue)

pplains, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 14:48 (two years ago) link

amazing. 1958 sounds about right.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 14:55 (two years ago) link

It does, even though 1958 doesn't strike me as the most enlightened year.

Reminds me of the Confederate flag flying on the Capitol grounds in South Carolina. "What if we took it down, would that make it all better?"

pplains, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 15:00 (two years ago) link

yeah this shit is baked into the country we'll be removing problematic statues and flags for a long time

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 15:09 (two years ago) link

On a pure artistic level, though, the statues are fine.

nickn, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 17:06 (two years ago) link

that's amazing. i had no idea.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 17:17 (two years ago) link

In 1939, a joint resolution submitted to—but not passed by—the U.S. House of Representatives recommended that The Rescue be "...ground into dust, and scattered to the four winds, that no more remembrance may be perpetuated of our barbaric past, and that it may not be a constant reminder to our American Indian citizens…"

sounds like they were semi-woke by 1939

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 17:19 (two years ago) link

pplains you gotta bundle that up in a nice 4-pic tweet package so i can retweet the shit out of it

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 17:21 (two years ago) link

gah

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 9 August 2017 17:41 (two years ago) link

I know this country was laid out on this crap. Slavery. Manifest Destiny. Suffrage.

But damn, putting these two on either side of the U.S. Capitol's front door? They couldn't find any lions instead?

Artistic level: Columbus one's the lesser of the two. Head looks out of proportion, which may be due to the angle. The "cowering native" looks cartoony. Reminds me too much of the Nathaniel Forrest statue above.

pplains, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 18:47 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

The David Bowie statue unveiled in Aylesbury yesterday is really quite hideous. pic.twitter.com/D3HK9sEZh7

— Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) March 26, 2018

sweet jesus this is hellish

Louis Jägermeister (jim in vancouver), Monday, 26 March 2018 18:49 (two years ago) link

oh my god

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 26 March 2018 19:42 (two years ago) link

Sculptors have forgotten how to model attractively lifelike human figures. It was never easy, but now it seems to be impossible.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 26 March 2018 20:03 (two years ago) link

he should have stuck with a single figure. kind of looks like one of those crazy 70s movie posters with a million people on them.

then again maybe the human figure isn't the problem here. even the disk with the album covers looks like shit.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 26 March 2018 20:35 (two years ago) link

Sculpture has always frozen time to represent us at our best, and is a terrible medium for documenting changing characters.

There are millions of unflattering Ziggy exposures.

#DeleteFacebook (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 01:12 (two years ago) link

Also most people have bad taste

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 03:51 (two years ago) link

More trenchant than the pat tillman statue

https://z1035.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/bowie-statue-vandalised-1522144295.jpg

lana del boy (ledge), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:21 (two years ago) link

ten months pass...

We came to buy a couch and uh..... pic.twitter.com/hxhAnJphU3

— 🇭🇹🇲🇽 (@RetiredFilth) February 24, 2019

pplains, Sunday, 24 February 2019 03:30 (one year ago) link

jfc

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 24 February 2019 03:46 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

this appears to be a different version of the same "statue"

https://tonymorano.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/tony-morano-hard-rock-park-sand-sculpture.jpg?w=720

na (NA), Monday, 24 February 2020 22:32 (three months ago) link

is that jimi on the right in the second one? his hair makes him look like warren grog.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S9wv09c2hc

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 24 February 2020 23:00 (three months ago) link

In the first image, on the far right - is that Arlo Guthrie or Waddy Wachtel?

henry s, Monday, 24 February 2020 23:12 (three months ago) link

I guessed Janis.

nickn, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:10 (three months ago) link

Probably also Marley tho.

nickn, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:12 (three months ago) link

OH. MY. GOD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0gzmUsDM9I

You have led me to to THE MOST BORING AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE EVER MADE.

The sand "Rushmore" was for Hard Rock Park, a 55-acre, $400-million rock 'n' roll-themed park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that never offered discounts, bored children and promptly closed up for good in 2009 due to the recession.

Which is fine by me, since while I enjoy both kinds of music, rock and roll, this place sounds like Rock 'n' Roll HELL.

The level of detail was often astonishing. For example, the original version of a song, say "Purple Haze," that played along the walkways in the Rock & Roll Heaven area seamlessly morphed into a note-for-note calypso version of the tune as guests approach the Reggae River Falls attraction.

An Elvis-looking cow statue made small talk with onlookers before spraying them with his udders

It included Alice's Restaurant, the park's full-service eatery that served Thanksgiving dinner and clam chowder.

You know, there's nothing I enjoy more than walking around a 55-acre amusement park in the hot South Carolina sun for hours before sitting down to a heapin' hot helpin' of Thanksgiving dinner and clam chowder.

But.... that "Nights in White Satin" ride... From the video alone, I've ridden airport trams that were more exciting than that.

pplains, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:10 (three months ago) link

Ha, and that's Mark Sanford in the blue shirt in the first pic.

pplains, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:14 (three months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/MGXpCWy.jpg

No Quarter indeed.

pplains, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:25 (three months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/RIPyh1U.jpg

Do gotta say that the Lynyrd Skynyrd ride was in really poor taste.

pplains, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:28 (three months ago) link

lol

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:51 (three months ago) link

yeah i was lead to that image by podcast: the ride, specifically their two-part episode on failed amusement parks that focuses mostly on hard rock park but also the sid & marty kroft amusement park in atlanta.

hard rock park cost $400 million to build and closed after five months of business. then it reopened as freestyle music park, and closed for good after something like six months. so it actually failed twice

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 15:15 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Tulsa's Golden Driller statue painted to look like Elon Musk.

https://i.imgur.com/JdLbdbg.jpg

Good ol' Ok-lol-homa.

pplains, Thursday, 21 May 2020 02:51 (six days ago) link

The "Before" picture:

https://i.imgur.com/OFv2NvH.jpg

Ya know, "Tulsa" is very nearly an anagram of "Tesla".

And it's 100% an anagram of "a slut."

pplains, Thursday, 21 May 2020 02:52 (six days ago) link

Salut!

nickn, Thursday, 21 May 2020 06:19 (six days ago) link

just think, the tesla factory workers could all live in the same building, walk to work in the morning, hang out together, and do all their grocery and leisure shopping, all in the same general area, monitored by the everwatching ugly elon musk statue!

Karl Malone, Thursday, 21 May 2020 15:51 (six days ago) link


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