20 Bizarre Works of Public Art from All Over the World

[Editor’s note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we’ll spend the next two weekends revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published September 11, 2011.] Maybe it’s just us, but we feel like we’ve been seeing a whole lot of strange public art in recent months: for instance, Claes Oldenburg’s newest project, an enormous paintbrush, was unveiled last month in Philadelphia, Florentijn Hofman’s Big Yellow Rabbit was erected this summer, and a huge Marilyn Monroe sculpture was recently unveiled in Chicago (she also just turned up with an ugly tattoo — that’s adolescent sculptures for you). We can’t say we don’t like the idea of weirder and weirder public art popping up all over the world, so we thought we’d round up a few of our favorite examples here. Click through to see our gallery of bizarre public art, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite exhibits in the comments!

42-foot tall toy rabbit by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, Örebro, Sweden, 2011. [via]