"Statues are a public mirror reflecting the people who erected them." Quote by Dick Ebert. This is the reason I love taking photos of statues across the world. They tend to be pretty to look at but their history and meaning are usually fascinating. So, you are invited to read their descriptions.
37 images"Every block of stone has a statue inside of it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it." Quote by Michelangelo. As is evident by the photos below, these sculptors have done a wonderful job of converting raw materials into magnificent statues.
41 imagesAnother quote by my favorite sculptor Michelangelo is, “The more the marble wastes, the more the statue grows.” It seems fitting to start this gallery with the city where he had the greatest influence: Florence.
46 images"You have to accept the fact that sometimes you are the pigeon and sometimes you are the statue." Quote by Claude Chabrol. And judging from all of the statue photos in these two galleries, the U.S. pigeons have many wonderful places to perch.
36 images"Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic." Quote by Jean Sibelius. But in the U.S., plenty of statues have been erected in honor of heroes, leaders, deities, events and sometimes just the abstract or bizarre.