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This crazy, crazy world … of monuments

The monument – in the broad sense – an object that is part of the cultural heritage of the country, people, humanity.
The monument, in the narrow sense, is a work of art designed to perpetuate the memory of certain events and people.
Monuments – in fact, are an integral feature, the face of the city along with classical palaces and churches. It is the word “classic” that appears in our head when the word monument is mentioned. However, what confusion things lead us that we do not expect to see in the usual places! Over the past hundred years, a huge number of, so to speak, monuments of a new generation have appeared in the world. It seems that monuments have already been erected for everything – a monument to a kiss, a zebra, Rocky Balboa, a skull, garbage, a chair, a submarine, a women’s shoe … the list goes on and on. Just the other day, a monument was erected to boot, which launched one of the journalists in the former US President George W. Bush.
We decided to choose some examples of such monuments and show them to you, but we will not risk interpreting the meaning of some of them. Some of them are already quite famous, some are not very well known.
So, let’s begin:

This monument is set in Rio de Janeiro.
An unusual sculpture is perpetuated by the famous Volkswagen Beetle, which was designed before the Second World War and was produced for a long time not only in Europe but also in South America.
The monument is two cars at once, which are “crossed” among themselves and have common wheels and a bottom.

In Japan and China, monuments have recently appeared that undoubtedly have a national flavor. These are monuments to comic book heroes or transformers. In Tokyo, at the Kamiigusa train station, a monument was unveiled in the form of a bronze statue of the most popular hero of the manga series and the anime Gundam Robot 3 meters high. The ceremony was attended by Tomino Yoshiyuki, the creator of the gundam world, Yoshi Takayuki, president of Sunrise animation studio, and a whole crowd of people involved.
The installation of the statue was the result of 2400 petitions from various associations of fans of the series and two years of preparation. The statue is worth 20 million yen, of which 2 million were allocated by the state, the rest was private donations.

Not only cars and fictional characters become monuments, sometimes whole houses become them.
On one of the streets of Prague stands a modern building of an unusual design, officially known as the “Dancing House”, and popularly nicknamed “drunk.” The Dancing House is a figment of the imagination of the great architect Frank Gehry of California.
One of its attractions is the expensive French restaurant La Perle de Prague, located on the rooftop with stunning views of the city.

The Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum building in Branson, Missouri, USA. Curved rickety walls, a crack that split the building in half give the impression that the house miraculously survived during the earthquake. The building was built to depict the earthquake that occurred in 1812 with a magnitude of 8 points near the city of New Madrid, Missouri. Now Ripley’s House is a unique museum filled with fantastic collections of the most unusual wonders of the world, the name of which can be translated into Russian – “Believe it or not,” is a museum of paradoxes. Here you can start to be surprised, before entering the museum, standing on the street. On the roof of the building settled an ancient dinosaur, which devours a wall clock, the arrows of which go in the opposite direction – But! Always show the correct time.
Robert Ripley is a reporter, artist, traveler and collector of outlandish and unusual creations. He traveled to 198 countries and during his life was called “modern” Marco Polo. Nowadays, museums of amusing works and paradoxical phenomena have opened in 26 countries. The Museum in Los Angeles is one of the youngest in its collection of more than 300 exhibits. Among them: a “bread” portrait of Mona Lisa from 65 types of white bread, a sculpture by Marilyn Monroe, created from 264 thousand one-dollar bills, etc.

The Shark House was built in 1860 in Headington, Oxford. He was no different from his neighbors until more than 100 years later, in 1986, Bill Heine installed a huge shark on his roof. Now it is a place of pilgrimage for tourists from all over the world.

The Holland Radioactive Decay Monument is located in a building called the Habog Facility. Inside the building, real radioactive waste from two nuclear reactors is stored. According to local law, they must be stored for 100 years. The creator of this project, William Ver, painted the building orange, and wrote the famous Einstein and Planck formulas on the walls. Every twenty years, the building will be repainted in a paler color, which symbolizes the gradual fading of radioactivity in the waste.
The last example shows that there are modern monuments that are dedicated to very serious things. So, on the waterfront of Budapest, you can see a lot of people’s shoes. This is a monument to the inhabitants of Budapest, who during the war were shot right on the waterfront.

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