Big is Beautiful

Big is Beautiful

People often say that bigger is better and this is certainly the case when it comes to these oversized sculptures. Here we take a look at some of the biggest sculptures that have been installed across the world, why people love them and what message they are trying to convey. Some have a serious message to express whilst others are simply playful.

#1 Safety Cones

A few years ago, in Seattle’s Olympic Park, Dennis Oppenheim installed some huge traffic cones. The Olympic Park was the perfect location as it features many unusual and attractive sculptures. The bright orange cones were 18 feet high and made from fibreglass, measuring nine feet in width. The message that the artist was trying to get across with his over-sized danger symbols was that we should take more notice of our surroundings and take care of our parks.

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#2 Art Eggcident

This was an hilarious installation but perhaps not one you’d want in your own garden! In a town in the Netherlands, artist Henk Hofstra decided to make the main square a little more ‘eggciting’. Eight massive eggs, sunny-side up were placed across the square. The giant eggs were 328 feet across with yokes measuring 25 feet in width. The town square was effectively transformed into a giant frying up. Cleverly, the whites of the eggs were spray painted onto the ground with the yokes raised up. It was met with some scepticism but its ‘eggsistence’ grew on the residents.

#3 Big Yellow Rabbit

The city of Orebro in Sweden was visited by a giant bunny during a temporary exhibit for the international outdoor exhibition of contemporary art. The artist Florentijn Hofman always tries to use interesting materials in his work and the rabbit was no exception. The big bright bunny was created from thousands of Swedish shingles to make the sculpture look like a giant child’s stuffed toy. It was 42 feet high and positioned to lean on the Engelbrekt statue. If you love the idea of Bronze Wildlife Sculptures, then visit

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#4 The Giant Fork

In Switzerland, you’ll find the world’s first museum of food and nutrition, designed by Nestle. A wonderful addition to the attraction is the giant fork that appears to be stuck in the lake. The 26-foot-high fork was designed by Jean-Pierre Zaugg and stuck in the lake back in 1995 to celebrate the museum’s tenth birthday. What was only supposed to be a temporary exhibit, it proved so popular that a petition was started to keep it in the lake, which was successful.

#5 Table and Four Chairs

Robert Therrien’s massive table and chairs sculpture is another example of how this artist loves to play around with scale. This unique dining set is an impressive 10 feet high and was created in 2003. The exhibit is made from aluminium but painted it to look like a stained wood finish. The artist has other works that also feature this larger-than-life theme with everyday objects that most of us would simply overlook.

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