Monuments, monuments, monuments… how many are there in our dearest America?
As beautiful as the United States of America is, we have to admit that sometimes, this country can get a little weird. That is because we are all trying to collect as many memories as possible, so we end up immortalizing everything, whether it’s stunning historical and cultural monuments or weird statues spread around.
We also give weird names to our towns and cities, but what can we do? We are a creative nation and we have to express our ideas, even if that means immortalizing things that the majority of people don’t know anything about!
We can say that this was the case for the following monuments we are going to talk about in this article. They represent animals, theories, plants, even weird things that we are not going to name directly.
Although we have no idea what the reasoning behind these constructions is, they are worth a few pictures. Curious already? Here are 7 of them!
1. Field Of Corn, Dublin, Ohio
When you are missing the countryside and you have no idea when you will see it again, what can you do? You bring the countryside to you! This is what the artist Malcolm Cochran did if we can say so.
This artwork is called Field of Corn (with Osage Orange Trees) and it can be seen in Dublin, OH. It includes tall corncobs that are the size of a human, 6 ft 3, and it has an incredibly realistic row arrangement.
The artist created it because he wanted to symbolize the history of the farming legacy that this community owns. People know this sculpture by another name: Cornhenge.
Although this artwork might seem a bit weird at first, we have to admit that we love the message it sends: a remembrance of the old and rural landscapes.
2. Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho
Based on the fact that almost everyone likes to play with a puppy, Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin came up with the brilliant idea to build a puppy motel, but for humans. They designed and built a two-bedroom bed and breakfast that looks like a giant beagle and is called The Dog Bark Park Inn.
If you don’t want to spend the night in the world’s largest beagle, you can participate in the dog-themed activities that this B&B offers, or you can stick to admiring the picturesque view. Either way, you will have good photos for your social media accounts!
3. Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
If you are crazy about cars, then you can truly say that Heaven is a place on Earth. Cadillac Ranch is the name of an interesting art installation that was invented in 1974. It was created by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels, three men from an art group called And Farm.
This monument consists of ten Cadillacs that are halfway buried in the sand. According to the artists, they didn’t use any new vehicles, but old cars and even some pieces of junk.
If you look at the picture above, you can see that there is a lot of graffiti on the car surfaces. However, these were not part of the artists’ plan. The writing and the drawings were added by visitors who wanted to see the cars in reality and wanted to leave their marks.
If you are curious to see these babies in real life, the monument is waiting for you on Highway 40 in Amarillo, Texas.
4. The Largest Killer Bee In The World, Hidalgo, Texas
The first colony of Africanized “killer bees” was discovered close outside Hidalgo, Texas, in October 1990. Despite the fact that their unexpected entrance into the United States of America sparked a lot of terror in the media and between people.
Hundreds of people and animals were killed by the escaping bees that are all over the Americas. The discovery of a swarm of roughly 3,000 “killer bees” in a monitoring trap on the outskirts of Hidalgo confirmed that the unwelcome invaders had finally crossed the Mexican border. They weren’t welcomed as enthusiastically as prior bees.
However, it looks like the Texans were proud to be the ones who discovered the bees because they built a statue for them. The sculpture weighs 2,000 pounds and it cost them $20,000.
That’s a lot of money for a bee if you ask us!
5. Georgia Guidestones, Elberton, Georgia
This huge monument is considered to be a mystery! It is called The Georgia Guidestones and it represents a 10-part message about the maintenance of mankind and the generations that will come. It is in 12 languages and it is used as an astronomical calendar.
There are four antique languages that are written on this monument: Classical Greek, Sanskrit, Babylonian cuneiform, and Egyptian Hieroglyphics.
The most interesting part about this artwork is that nobody knows how it appeared there. There are some people who are crazy about conspiracy theories who say that this sculpture was actually built by some of the members of the New World Order.
6. Salvation Mountain in Niland, California
Salvation Mountain is a hillside visionary environment that can be found in the desert of southern California. The man who created this monument is Leonard Knight, who built this sculpture out of bricks, parts of cars, damaged tires and windows, and several ounces of paint.
If you didn’t notice by looking at the picture above, this artwork’s inspiration came from the Bible, so if you decide to go and visit this little colorful mountain, you will see a lot of murals, messages, Bible verses, and Christian quotes. If you love the Bible too, here’s a good book for you!
If you want to visit California but don’t have any idea where to stop, make sure to check this monument out! We are sure that you will have some amazing pictures after this visit!
7. Salmon Sculpture, Portland, Oregon
If you want to see a big, juicy fish, you should go to Portland, because that is the place where you will find the biggest one! This 11-foot monument was created by the sculptor Keith Jellum and it is created from welded bronze.
As the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said, “There is much in the way of art there and one cannot get a bad coffee, beer, or glass of wine there. People there are friendly and not above being whimsical, perhaps this is why Keith Jellum’s installation found a home in Portland?”
According to many experts, this monument represents the fact that Portland is a city that loves food and has a rich culinary culture.
We don’t know about you, but we would love to see these funny and quite weird sculptures!
What do you think about these 7 weird and fun monuments in the United States? Have you ever been to any of these? Would you visit any of them? Which one is your favorite? We are curious to find out more about your experiences, so make sure to let us know by leaving a comment in the section down below!
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