Northumberlandia - World’s Largest Human Shaped Land Art | World's Thickest Tree - Arbol del Tule | Door to Hell | Intricate Stepwell Near Jaipur | Magnificent Stained Glass Winter Garden, Ursuline Institute, Belgium | Bourn Windmill - England's Oldest Windmill | World's Largest Tent - Khan Shatyr | Metropolis - The Hometown of Superman | Awesome Fire Breathing Dragon Bridge | Can You Recognise This # 11 | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 8 | Living on Top of Pillar of Rock | The Living Chess Game at Marostica, Italy | Fabulous Four - The Beatles in Topiary | Maeslantkering - World's Largest Storm Barrier | Maman - The Mother Spider Around the World | Beautiful Blue Mosque of St. Petersburg | Spiral Shaped Church - The Temple, Independence, USA | Thrown out of Window | Snake Building, Berlin | World's First Swing Aqueduct - Barton Aqueduct | The Cloud Gate, Chicago | WYSIWYG and GUI - Birthplace | Treetops Lodge - Where A Princess Became A Queen | Beautiful Lagoons Amidst Sand Dunes | The Floating Islands of Lake Titacaca | Wotruba Kirche - A Church Made of Concrete Blocks | Colmar Tropicale - A French Themed Resort in Malaysia | Memorial to Gandhi's First Non-violent Struggle | Can You Recognise This # 25 | Waldspirale (Forest Spiral), Darmstadt | A Sad Story of a Lonely Tree | World's Largest Collection of Old Windmills | Tower of Thousand Cranes - Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima | Tower which is leaner than the Leaning Tower of Pisa | A colourful Hotel Complex - Marques de Riscal | World's Largest Aircraft - Antonov AN-225 | World's Biggest Cuckoo Clocks | Trestle Art - Converting Unsightly to Showpiece | Khichan - Best Place in India to see Demoiselle Crane | Weird Houses Around the World - 5 | Locks of Love around the World! | Strokes of Nature - Hell's Fire | Fyrish Monument - A Monument Built To Give Employment | Cosmovitral - A Beautiful Stained Glasshouse Garden | Giant Hands of Chandigarh, India | Tianjin Eye - A giant Ferris wheel on a bridge | Alnwick Treehouse | Last Hiding Place Of Lenin | A Little Island With A Small Church - Bled Island | Yellowknife, Northwest Territories - Best Place To See Northern Lights | Maranjab Caravanserai, Isfahan Province, Iran | The Bridge from London to Arizona | Sacra Cintola (Holy Belt) of the Virgin Mary, Prato Cathedral | Castle which is not a Castle | World's Tallest Statue of Virgin Mary | Arctic Circle Monuments & Markers Around The World | Grand Peterhof Palace - The Russian Versailles | Painting in Field | Can You Recognise This # 2 | Sanyo Solar Ark - A Solar Power Plant Built From Rejects | Moeraki Boulders - Giant Eggs Laid by Nature | Stone House at Fafe | World's Largest Terraced Paddy Fields, Yuen Yang, China | Giant Golden Bees Attack World's Tallest Residential Tower | Murals of Invergordon | World's Largest Automatic Bike Parking Lot | Giant Drawer House | The Giant Eye of Chicago | St. Beatus Caves With Stunning Entrance | Beautiful Bamboo Mosque in Rural Malaysia | Can You Recognise This # 21 | Beautiful Vakil Mosque of Shiraz | World's Biggest Image Building | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 11 | World's Tallest and Largest Equestrian Statue | Metronome - A Huge & Strange Public Art Work in NYC | Giant Hand at Holocaust Memorial, Miami | Can You Recognise This # 13 | Apple - Birthplace | Amazing New Bridge (Puente Nuevo) Which Is Not New | Giant Shark on Land, NSW, Australia | Can You Recognise This # 23 | Giant Floral Carpet, Brussels - 2010 | World's Largest Mirror Ball | ACROS Green Building, Tenjin, Japan | Magical Floating Water Taps Around The World | Performance Piece - An Abstract Sculpture | Guitar Shaped Buildings | World's Largest Monopoly Board | Strange Orange Coloured Power Plant | Winners' Chapel (Faith-Tabernacle), Nigeria | Khaju Bridge, Isfahan, Iran | World's Largest Treetop Hotel - The Ariau Amazon Towers | Unique Architecture Which Spells INFOSYS | America's Oldest Functioning Windmill | World's Largest Bulldozer | Oldest Olympic Rings and Olympic Flame Tower | World's Largest Horseshoe Crab | World's Largest Burr (Burl) | World's Largest Loudspeaker | Shibam - World's Oldest Skyscraper City | World's Largest Synthetic Material Sculpture | World's Tallest Minaret - Hassan II Mosque | Weird Houses Around the World - 8 | Can You Recognise This? | Roofless Church | Vining - A Small Town With Big Art | Pant-y-Goitre Bridge - A Bridge With Holes | Sculptures in White Desert | Gun Shaped Lake | Strange Custom of Baby Jumping | Butterfly Bridge - A Unique Tri-Bridge in Copenhagen | Unique Library Which Straddles Borders of Two Countries | The Raclawice Panorama - One of World's Largest Circular Panoramic Paintings | Giant Millennium Clock, Tianjun, China | Can You Recognise This # 16 | A Jumbo 747 Hotel | Giant Crocodile Shaped Hotel | Dali's Museum and Torre Galatea - Strange Architecture | Book Shaped Buildings | Gateway to Heaven - Tianmen Cave, China | World's Largest Titanic Museum, Branson, USA | Kjeragbolten (Kjerag Boulder), Norway | World's Largest Hole in a Lake | Island of the Dead - Venetian Cemetery | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World | Fairy Walking Bridge, Xihai Grand Canyon, China | Kondyor Massif - A Perfectly Circular Geological Formation | Strokes of Nature - Redhead on Google Earth | Giant Hands, Duke Town, Calabar, Nigeria | World's Biggest Cashew Tree | Automatic Bike Dispensing Machines in The Netherlands | World's Steepest Funicular Railways | Nikola-Lenivets - Small City With Big Art | World's Largest Sludge Storage Tank - IJsseloog | Can You Recognise This # 6 | Expressway through A Building - Gate Tower, Osaka | Amazing Volcanic Vineyards of La Geria | Equatorial Monuments Around the World | Giant Rock Painting of Buddha, Lashaosi, China | Statues of Amazing Penitents of Taxco, Mexico | Periplaneta Americana Invades Havana | Remarkable Pine Tree Which Survived The Great Japanese Tsunami | The Great Bombay Explosion | Noorderlicht - World's Only Ice-Bound Ship-Hotel | World's Littlest Skyscraper | Water Melon House | Can You Recognise This # 18 | Twin Hearts of Stones | Amazing Golf Ball House | Breathtaking Trolltunga - The Troll's Tongue in Norway | Tower of Dreams and Desires | "Desert Breath" - Art in the desert | Unusual Pyramid Mosque | World's Largest Chessboard | Diamondback Bridge - Walking in the Belly of Rattlesnake | Giant Coin Shaped Building | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 3. | For the Bibliophiles - Book Shaped Fountains | India's Only Natural Arch Bridge | Water Tank House | Erawan Museum - World’s Largest Zoomorphic Building | Lucy - World's Biggest Elephant | Temple Which Is Not Temple - Palace of Baron Empain, Egypt | Lift Towers or Elevator Testing Towers | ING House - Another Huge Building on Stilts | Weird Houses Around the World - 14 | Town Which Twice Escaped Atom Bomb Annihilation | Oak Trees atop Tower of Guinigis, Lucca, Italy | Magnificent Mosaic Rug Carpet On Rudolf Nureyev's Grave | World's Longest Tapestry | World's Largest Thermometer | Tri-Bridges Around the World | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 18 | Airstream Ranch - Art or Junk | Weird Houses Around the World - 7 | Bookshelf Murals Around The World | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 21 | The Trojan Horse of Troy is in Turkey! | World Wide Web - Birthplace | Heidelberg Project - Transforming A Shambled Street Into Pride Of The City | Squaw Creek - Stopover point for million of Snow Geese | Hewlett-Packard - Birthplace | World's Largest Rehal | Crazy Tower With Crawling Babies | Plane atop 77 Water Street, NYC | Falkirk Wheel - Only rotating boat lift in the World | Thirteen O'clock | Magical Floating Water Taps | Weird Houses Around the World - 17 | Pietermaritzburg Station - Start Of Gandhi's Fight Against Discrimination | Wichahpi Stone Wall - A Unique Memorial to A Native American Woman | Can You Recognise This # 9 | World's Largest Radio Telescope | Giant Hydra Headed Dragon Clock | A Green Church | Tallest Statue in the World - Spring Temple Buddha | A Giant Sized Welcome in the City of Giants | Amazing See Through Church Of Borgloon | Magere Brug (The Skinny Bridge), Amsterdam | Weird Houses Around the World | "My Dear Mother" Clock | World's Biggest Apple | World's Tallest Statue of Virgin Mary | Can You Recognise This # 24 | Strokes of Nature - Black Dragon | Hand Pump Without Handle - A Strange Memorial In London | As Syakirin Mosque - A Modern Mosque Without A Minaret | Unusual Extra-Terrestrial Landscape Of Yehliu Geo Park | Giant Keyboard - World's Largest | Worlds Largest Spherical Dome - Ericsson Globe | Graffiti @ Kelburn Castle | World's Largest Ship - Emma Mærsk | Musical Wall of Dresden | Amazing Coffins of Ga Tribe, Ghana | New Year and First Anniversary | Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Yamoussoukro | Amazing Sigriya Lion Rock Fortress | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 6 | One O'clock Gun, Edinburgh | Duke of York's Picture House - Oldest Cinema Hall in UK | The Heart of Voh | Temple Made of Sea-Shells | Tunnel of Love | World's Largest Tyre | City Lounge, St. Gallens - World's Largest Open Air Lounge | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 2 | Can You Recognise This # 12 | Prebischtor - Largest Natural Stone Bridge in Europe | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 17 | World's Largest Axe | Hollywood Walk of Fame is 50 Years Old | Vasehenge - A Large Circle of Vases | Weird Houses Around the World - 6 | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 10 | Giant Hands of Mario Irarrázabal | The Spotted Lake | World's Largest Hole in a Lake (Revised*) | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 14 | World's Largest Grid Clock | Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, India | Metal Monster or Metal Art? | World's Largest Quarried Stones | Unique Building - Built Over Two Bridges | Tsingy - The Amazingly Alien Landscape in Madagascar | Not A Mosque | World's Largest Mud-brick Building | Strange UFO Houses Are Gone | More - Tri-Bridges Around the World | Weird Houses Around the World - 10 | Giant Hand at NuArt Sculpture Park, Bandung | Intricate Latticework at Sidi Sayyid's Mosque, Ahmedabad | Amazing Cruise Ship Shaped Hotel on Cliff | A Lake Named Pi (3.1416) | Habitat '67 - World's First Modular Pre-fab Housing Complex | A Giant Egg for the Easter | Tri-Bridges Around the World | Church Carved out of Single Block of Rock | World's Lowest Height Building - Fuji Kindergarten | Huge Colourful Streamers on the Hills of Tibet | World's Largest Semaphore | Can You Recognise This # 8 | Charybdis - An Amazing Water Vortex Sculpture | Fake Round Bridge Which is Not Fake | 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center - Mecca of Graffiti Art | Hiran Minar, Fathehpur Sikri - A Uniquely Studded Tower | Piano and Violin Shaped Building | Cinque Terre - Five Colourful Villages on Italian Coast | Catatumbo - Where Lightning Strikes Almost Whole Year Round | Heart Shaped Pond for the Valentine's Day | Tree Lockup | World's Largest Tomb - Daisen Kofun - A Huge Key Hole Shaped Grave | Amazing Volcano House - Living on Top of A Volcano | Ancient Karla and Bhaja Buddhist Caves of India | HABOG - Nuclear Waste Management in An Artistic Way | Spectacular Painted Hills of Oregon | Paragon Prairie Tower - Americas' Largest Glass Mural | Man Shaped Lake, Brazil | Shaking Minarets of Sidi Bashir Mosque, Ahmedabad | Can You Recognise This # 4 | Where old planes go to die! | Spoonbridge and Cherry - Minneapolis Sculpture Garden | Poetic Palindromic Roundabout | Swimming Over The Sidewalk | World's Largest Sculpture Park - Changchun | House on A Pole | Seven-Coloured Earth of Chamarel, Mauritius | Amazing Landscape and Cave Settlements of Cappadocia, Turkey | World's Tallest Windmills - Schiedam Holland | Almost Perfect Cone - Mt. Taranaki | Stunningly Colourful Rocks of Zhangye Danxia Landform | World's Largest Dinosaur | Razzle Dazzle Ship of Arnhem | Oldest Wooden House in the World | Crescent Shaped Island | The Montmorency Falls, Quebec, Canada | Zhivopisny Bridge - A Picturesque Red Bridge With Spider's Sac | Bridge in Mona Lisa | Monasteries on the Rocks - Meteora, Greece | Fountain Which is A Digital Clock | Coconut Crab - The Largest Land Arthropod in the World | Tower of Hercules - World's Oldest Lighthouse | Weird Houses Around the World - 2 | Heart of Cape Town - Museum of World's First Heart Transplant | Fujian Tulou, China - World Heritage Site | Unique Curling Bridge | Goats On The Roof | World's Largest Hole in a Lake (Revised*) | Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah | World's Most Crooked Street - Lombard Street, San Francisco | Poor Man's Taj Mahal, Aurangabad, India | The Giant Awakes - The Awakening and The Second Awakening | World's Largest Wooden Church - Kerimäki Church, Finland | Oldest Hanging Train | World's Tallest Mud Earth Building | 3.2 km long Slogan, Chile | House Attack - Small House Versus Big House | Weird Houses Around the World - 19 | Gundam RX-78 Giant Robot Hero - Life Size Statue | Can You Recognise This # 22 | Dell - Birthplace | World's Largest Easter Egg | Huge 4 km Long Word | Shivering Sands Army Fort - Mini Defence Towers | Gravity Defying Stones | Which is the World's Highest Peak? | Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Romania | Giant Elephant of Nantes | Sphere Within A Sphere | World's Tallest Memorial Cross | Cretto di Gibellina - Memorial To A Town Destroyed by Earthquake | Transporter Bridge - Rendsburg, Germany | World's Most Expensive - Billion Dollar Home | Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge | Hitler's Grandiose Plan for Berlin | Oldest Cherry Blossom Trees in The World | World's Largest Foosball Table | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 5 | Strokes of Nature - Colours of Desert | A "Mammoth" Statue, Salekhard, Siberia | Palace on the Rocks | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 15 | Göbekli Tepe - World's Oldest Excavated Temple | Amazing Horse Shoe Shaped Hotel | Amazing Rice Paddy Art | Iglesia El Rosario, El Salvador | Weird Houses Around the World - 15 | Strokes of Nature - "Autumn Trees" | Best Place to see Tigers - Bandhavgarh, India | Riding the Lion's Back | Cat Who Walks Through Walls | Lemon Festival, Menton, France | Quetzalcoatl's Nest - Snake Shaped Housing Complex | The Silent People of Finland | Grasshopper Bridge, Denmark | Giethoorn - Village With No Roads | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 1 | Amazing Turf Houses of Iceland | Giant Balloon Dogs of Jeff Koons | Cano Cristales - World's Most Beautiful River | Giant Plug and Socket | Bridge Between Eurasian and American Continents | Coober Pedy - The Underground Town | Garden of Dolls | Jasenovac Tri-Bridge, Croatia | Amazing Temple Built From Million Beer Bottles | World's Highest Climbing Wall (Tower) | Sign Post Forest | Huge Chalk Lion, Whipsnade, England | Turtle Shaped Temple, Nagasaki, Japan | Selfridges, Birmingham - A Building Adorned With Sequins | Ha! Ha! Pyramid | Man who single-handedly built his own palace | World's Largest Lenin's Head | Quadripoints of the World | "Sulaiman-Too" Sacred Mountain of Kyrgyzstan | Hoba Meteorite - World's Largest Meteorite (in single piece) | Weird Houses Around the World - 11 | 7 Strong Men of Russia | Goat Towers Around The World | Sedlec Ossuary - A Chapel Decorated With Human Bones | Big Temple of Thanjavur - Casts No Shadows | World's Northern Most Mosque | World's Largest Filing Cabinet | Oldest Wooden Building in the World | Unique Temple of Rats - Karni Mata Temple | Cross (Krestovy) Bridge - World's First 4-Way Bridge | World's Biggest Rocking Horse | Leaning Towers of Madrid | Green Building of School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore | A House For Bibliophiles | The Kelpies - Scotland's Largest Art Installation | Bridge to Nowhere, Atlantic Road, Norway | 1000 Islands - St. Lawrence River | Saxine - The Smiling Water Tower | Weird Houses Around the World - 1 | Red Crab Migration - Christmas Island | Rainbow Swash - World's Largest Copyrighted Work of Art | World's Largest Flower - Floralis Generica | Beautiful Salt Pans, Tegguiada-In-Tessoum, Niger | World's Northernmost Mainland Lighthouse | Vertical Green Garden of Madrid | Can You Recognise This # 14 | Strange Landscape | Lena Pillars - World's Remotest Natural Wonders | Bar Coded Building | Giant Anamorphic Red Flower, Nanning Gateway, China | When Martians Landed | Spectacular Murmuration of Starlings at Gretna Green | World' Tallest Clock Tower / World's Biggest Clock | Slauerhoff Bridge - A Giant Flying Kite | World's Most Expensive Island | Sleeping on Bed of Ice | Northumberlandia - World’s Largest Human Shaped Land Art (Under Construction) | Luxor Pyramid, Las Vegas - Largest Pyramid of Modern World | International Bridge on the river Mino | Strokes of Nature - Face of a Red Indian | Las Lajas Cathedral - A Cathedral Built in A Gorge | More "Bridges with Holes" | 'Trim' the Cat of Matthew Flinders | Can You Recognise This # 5 | Colourful Waste Incineration Plant at Osaka | Enchanting Bamboo Forest of Sagano | Unique Building Which Looks Like Fabergé Egg | Keshwa Chaca - Oldest Surviving Inca Rope Bridge | Yellow Submarine of The Beatles | Puy du Fou - Historical Theme Park, France | Bloemencorso Bollenstreek - A Dutch Flower Parade | The Horse(s) of Leonardo da Vinci | World's First Truly Circular Skyscraper | Weird Houses Around the World - 13 | Unique and Beautiful Crystal Mosque of Malaysia | Vertigo Inducing Glass Balconies at Willis Tower, Chicago | Ennedi Plateau - Sahara’s Secret Garden - Revisited | Microsoft - Birthplace | World's Largest Baseball Bat | Container Buildings at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London | First IBM-PC - Birthplace | Mausoleum of Tamerlane - A Precursor To Mughal Architecture | Gateway Arch - Highest Monument in USA | World's Largest Mosaic | Can You Recognise This # 7 | Why I switched from White to Black Background | Amazing Volkswagen Storage Silos, Wolfsburg, Germany | Weird Houses Around the World - 16 | IBM - Birthplace | Carhenge - Modern Day Stonehenge | Can You Recognise This # 15 | Bridge Houses at Bad Kreuznach Germany | World's Largest Island within a Lake on an Island within a Lake on an Island | Vulcano Buono - The Good Volcano | Roof of Water Reservoir, Mina | Swallow's Nest | Hotel Which Looks Like A Stack of Dutch Houses | Hopewell Rocks - Flower Pots of Nature | A Monument to Enema | Amazingly Balanced Rocks -25 Giant Mushroom Rock, Saudi Arabia | Oil Lake on Fire | Island of the Dolls - World's Creepiest Collection of Dolls | Can You Recognise This # 17 | World's Largest Teapot | A Town Made Famous by Star Trek - Vulcan, Canada | Google - Birthplace | Unusual Shaped Red Bridge in Utrecht, The Netherlands | Beautiful Kalyan Minaret, Bukhara, Uzbekistan | Unique Saturn Shaped Building - Lucknow Planetarium | Hanging Coffins, Sagada, Philippines | Gangnam Style Hands, Seoul, Korea | Small Town Made Famous by BBC Serial | Louisa/Fort Gay Tri-Bridge | Magdeburg Water Bridge - World's Largest Navigable Aqueduct | Weird Houses Around the World - 3 | Ennedi Plateau - Sahara’s Secret Garden | The Wave (Rock), Arizona, USA | Goat Towers Around The World - Updated | World's Largest Crossword | Kosinj Bridge - A Bridge With Holes | A Spanish Mosque in India | The House In The Sea | Calamita Cosmica The Giant Skeleton on Prowl | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 16 | A Cute Three Way Bridge | House Boats of Kerala, India | Cabin Built from Fossilised Dinosaur Bones | Bridge of Vases | Happy Rizzi House | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 20 | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 19 | Wave Rock, Hyden, Australia | Minaret of Jam | Birthplaces of Digital Giants | Garstin's Folly - Gol Ghar (Round House), Patna, India | Can You Recognise This # 20 | Shot Tower, Clifton Hill, Yarra City, Australia | Beautiful But Cursed Island Of Gaiola | Stone Ships of Vikings | Giant Hands Around The World | Can You Recognise This # 19 | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 4 | Giant Floral Carpet, Brussels | World's Largest Spinning Top | Sunny Side Up in La Paz | Amazing Tufa Towers of Mono Lake | World's Remotest Island | Modern Day Ten Commandments | World's First Hard Disk - Birthplace | Can You Recognise This # 10 | Bridge to Nowhere | Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Norway | Chocolate Hills, Philippines | World's Largest Speaking Horn | Bosco Verticale - World’s First Vertical Forest | The Square Head Building - An Amazing Habitable Sculpture | Can You Recognise This # 27 | Knockan Crag, Scotland - Where Continents Collided | Tent Shaped Church With Needle Tower | World's Largest Bicycle | Rundle Lantern - Huge Dynamic Digital Art, Adelaide | Strokes of Nature - White Snake | For the Spider Lovers - A Giant Web | The Painted Wall, Barcelona | The Windmills of Don Quixote | Car on Wall | 1:500 model of Aksai Chin area | World's Narrowest Bridge - Nutty Narrows Bridge | A Modern Bridge Designed by Leonardo da Vinci | Island made famous by Google Earth | Rock Garden, Chandigarh - A Garden Built Clandestinely By One Man | "Castel Meur" - House Made Famous by Picture Postcard | The Lighthouse Mosque - Oldest Mosque in China | Man Who Walked Through The Walls | Crazy Fountain - The Crown Fountain, Chicago | The Island Which Refused to Die | Vijversburg Estate Tri-Bridge | Ju Ming Museum - Taiwan's Largest Sculpture Garden | Drive-in Ferris Wheel | Magnificent Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar | Huge EU Poster in Google Earth | Huge Irrigation Circles | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 7 | Rock of Guatapé | Rocks on the Move | Magnificent Bridge of Glass, Tacoma | A Huge Modern Building on Stilts | Weird Houses Around the World - 9 | Widest Non-Clonal Tree in The World | World's Tallest Inclined Tower - The Montreal Olympic Tower | Can You Recognise This # 26 | The Headington Shark - Which Survived Attack | When Walls Had Ears | Cube Houses, Rotterdam | World's Largest Terrestrial Vehicle | Bibliotheca Alexandrina - The New Library of Alexandria | King Kong Versus Beetle | Can You Recognise This # 3 | Brick Train Locomotive | Hole N' The Rock - An Amazing Cave House Built Single-handedly | Colourful Evaporation Ponds - South Bay, San Francisco | Oldest Wooden House In Europe | Dublin Gasworks Apartments - The Alliance Building | Islet Made Famous by Bond Movie | World's Highest Outdoor Lift (The Bailong Lift) | Mysterious Zigzag Lines and Concentric Circles in China | Swimming on the Edge of the Mighty Victoria Falls (Devil's Pool) | Beach House on A Pole | Can You Recognise This # 1 | Weird Houses Around the World - 18 | Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul | Unique Circular Footbridge, Aveiro, Portugal | Vitoslavlitsy - The Museum of Russian Wooden Architecture | World's Largest Stone Dome - Global Pagoda, Mumbai | Hill of Crosses, Šiauliai, Lithuania | Small Place With Big Name | Ice which is not ice - Pamukkale, Turkey | A Starry Mosque - Dhaka | Zorbing - Rolling Down a Slope in a Ball | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 9 | Remarkable Rocks' Australia are Truly Remarkable | Broken Chair - A Monument to Landmine Victims | Namba Park, Osaka - A Green Shopping Mall Cum Office | Ponte Vecchio - Florence's Oldest Bridge with Shops | World's Largest Poster | World's Biggest Inverted Pyramid Building | The Eerie Chapel of Bones | Amazing Subterranean Cathedral of Wieliczka Salt Mine | Organic Building With Flower Pots On Its Façade | World's Largest Solar Powered Stadium | Flying Saucer Shaped Church | Clingstone House - A Remarkable House on A Rock | Floating Swimming Pool - Badeschiff | Korean War Memorial - World's Largest War Monument | The Rundetarn (Round Tower), Copenhagen, Denmark | London Bridge has fallen down | World's Largest Sculpture of Beatles | Fantastic Voyage Through Human Body - CORPUS Centre | Weird Houses Around the World - 4 | World's Largest Granite Soup Bowl | From Abandoned House to Doll House - Converting Unsightly to Showpiece | World's Largest Coin | World's Largest Painting | Trojan Horses of Denmark | Big Question | Tri-Bridges Around The World | Strange town of Setenil | Nice Chalet at Cascade de Gairaut, Nice | World's Widest Sculpture - Angel of The North | Mysterious Mojave Megaphone | Strokes of Nature - Pink Galaxy | Giant Wall Sockets | Enchanted Highway - A 32 Mile Long Art Collection | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 13 | Weird Houses Around the World - 12 | Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe - Chapel on a volcanic plug | Amazing Binocular Shaped Building | Pigeon Tower, Isfahan | Which is the World's Largest Church? | Glengall Bridge - London's Little Drawbridge | Relocated Nubian Temples outside Egypt | World's Largest Bas-Relief Sculptures | Swarovski's Crystal Worlds |

The Horse(s) of Leonardo da Vinci

This is the story of Leonardo's horse - A sculpture which Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to build but couldn't complete it. 

Ludovico Sforza, (also known as Ludovico il Moro), Duke of Milan, Italy, had patronised da Vinci and had taken him in his service. One of the main tasks he had assigned to Leonardo was to build an enormous bronze horse as a monument to his father Francesco Sforza.

Leonardo however was busy in making his masterpiece painting 'The Last Supper' and series of other paintings and designing various engineering/weapons drawings and neglected to do any major work on the statue. Though he did a detailed study of the anatomy of the horses and made some sketches for the planned statue. Finally after 17 years of initial request he produced a giant clay model - standing 24 feet (~ 7.3 metres) high. At that time, it was the largest equine statue ever built and became known as the "Gran Cavallo". Leonardo started making plans for the final bronze cast, in single piece, for which he had reportedly designed special method and recorded about it in his carefully kept notes.

However fate had destined otherwise and the clay horse was destroyed by French soldiers who had invaded Milan in 1499. Unfortunately due to ravages of war many of his sketches and notes about the horse were damaged/lost. Here is one of the sketches;
Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Almost five centuries later in 1978, Charles Dent, a foundry owner of Allentown, PA, USA read about this unfinished horse in National Geographic, and being a collector of art, founded an organisation - 'Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, Inc.'(LDVHI) to finance the project for completing the unfinished task based on the designs of the great da Vinci. Initially he himself tried to make a life sized clay model which became known as "Charlie’s Horse". However it soon became apparent that any larger statue built using the partial notes and drawings of da Vinci may not be stable due to missing sketches and non-proportional/anatomical problems. Consequently, Nina Akamu was hired to modify and improve the Charles Dent's sculpture.

The whole project not only took long time to complete but also proved costly - about US $ 2.5 million. Unfortunately Charles Dent died in 1994 and didn't live to see the completion of his pet project.

Ultimately not one but two huge (24 feet) bronze statues, two smaller bronze casts (8 feet and 12 feet respectively) and several smaller souvenir statues (for fund raising) were built based on the original conceptual design of the great da Vinci. American billionaire Frederik Meijer was the major contributor for the cost of the second horse and a few small ones.

The two colossus horses made of Silicon bronze alloy, were cast at Tallix Art Foundry, Beacon, NY, weigh 15 tons each and have been engineered to withstand earthquake and high velocity winds.

Leonardo's Horse - A Different Design Interpretation
Besides the bronze statues made under the aegis of 'Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, Inc.' (LDVHI) another full sized 24 feet high equine statue, but of a different artistic interpretation of the da Vinci's designs, was constructed in 2007 by Opera Laboratori Fiorentini SpA in collaboration with Polo Museale Fiorentino and the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy.

Several web pages claim that this horse is the real representation of da Vinci's original design.

It is made of steel frame with special resin coated fibreglass, to make it look like bronze.

In this post I have tried to locate all these horses. The correct name of the gigantic horse is "Il cavallo dello Sforza" (meaning: The horse of the Sforza) however it is referred by many names, depending on where it is located - 'Il cavallo', 'Leonardo's horse', 'The American Horse', 'The Sforza Horse', and 'The Sforza Monument' etc.

While describing the locations I have added the words 'bronze' and 'fibreglass' to differentiate between the two designs.

Bronze Horse, San Siro, Milan, Italy
The first horse known as 'Il cavallo' was unveiled on 10th September 1999 - Exactly 500 years after destruction of the original colossal clay horse created by da Vinci. It is located at a specially designated Cultural Park, near the Hippodrome, in San Siro, Milan.

Image from Flickr is by goatling

As per the web page of its sculptor, the horse is likely to be moved from the existing position near the racetrack to the park grounds at the Sforza Castle in the centre of the city where Leonardo originally intended the sculpture to be placed. A precise date for the move and dedication has not yet been determined.

View location in Google Earth / Google Street View (Unfortunately full view is obstructed by a tree) / MSN Bing Aerial View

Bronze Horse, Meijer's Garden, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
The second horse known as 'The American Horse', was unveiled on October 7th 1999, in the Meijer's garden, a natural park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The only difference between the two horses at Milan and Meijer's Garden is that the former is mounted on a white marble pedestal whereas the latter is without any platform.

Image from Flickr is by Emery Co Photo

Image from Flickr is by Pictophile

View location in Google EarthGoogle Maps / MSN Bing Aerial View

Bronze Horse, Charles C. Dent Memorial Garden, Allentown, USA
A third horse was installed on Oct 5, 2002 at the Community Art Park (Renamed Charles C. Dent Memorial Garden) adjacent to the Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA, USA. It is a twelve feet bronze replica and is dedicated to honour Charles Dent.

Image from Flickr is by yomanimus

View location in Google Earth / Google Street View / MSN Bing Aerial View

Bronze Horse, Piazza della Libertà, Vinci, Italy
A fourth, eight feet bronze replica, was unveiled on 15th September 2001 in the Piazza della Libertà, Vinci, Italy - the birth town of Leonardo.

Image from Panoramio is by Emanuele Saiu

Image from Panoramio is by MiciaFufù

View location in Google EarthGoogle Maps

Leonardo's Horse - A Different Design Interpretation
As mentioned earlier in this post, another 24 feet high replica, but of a different artistic interpretation of the da Vinci's designs was also constructed. Made of steel frame with special resin coated fibreglass, to make it look like bronze, it consists of six pieces which are transportable and can be re-assembled. This sculpture commonly known as 'Sforza Horse' or 'Sforza Monument' has been displayed at different museums around the World.

Fibreglass Horse, Debrecen, Hungary
The gigantic 24 feet high fibreglass horse made its first appearance during the "The Mind of Leonardo" exhibition held from 16 August to 2 December 2007 at the Museum of Modern Art, Debrecen (MODEM), Hungary.

Image from Flickr is by Balazs H

View likely location in Google EarthGoogle Maps

Fibreglass Horse, Tech Museum, San Jose, USA
The 'Sforza Horse' was then put on display at an exhibition - "Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future" organised by the Tech Museum in from September 27, 2008 to January 25, 2009.

Image from Flickr is by mksfly

As a part of the exhibit, the organisers had held a competition amongst school children to give a suitable name to the horse sculpture. Finally the name "Ambrogio" suggested by 5th Grade students of local Mulberry School was selected.

Here is an image of the occasion when the students were greeted outside the San Jose Tech Museum by the San Jose Mounted Police. (Link)


View location in Google Earth / Google Street View

Fibreglass Horse, Palazzo Venezia, Rome
After the display at Tech Museum, San Jose, the 'Sforza Horse' travelled to Rome where it was installed at the prestigious Palazzo Venezia from May 1 to August 30, 2009 during the exhibition "The Mind of Leonardo".

Image from Flickr is by meta_monkey

View likely location in Google EarthGoogle Maps

Fibreglass Horse, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Last known destination of 'Sforza Horse' was in the inner Sifly Piazza of High Museum of Art, Atlanta, where it was displayed from Oct 6, 2009 to Feb. 6, 2010 for the exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci - Hand of the Genius".

To place the horse in th inner courtyard it had to lifted in pieces by a crane over 70-foot building at the High Museum. Installation and Time Lapse Videos can be seen at the web site of High Museum of Art.

Image from Panoramio is by fabrizio  farsetti

View likely location in Google EarthGoogle Maps

Present location/status of the fibreglass horse in not known.

Main sources of info and more info:
The Bronze Statues
The Fibreglass Statue

1 comments:

Kristin April 24, 2011 1:16 am  

Great pics! I enjoyed this post.

Post a Comment

Please feel free to write your comments but remember that the same are moderated. So please do not post SPAM comments i.e. your business links here including surrogate links.

Comments containing SPAM are liable for rejection.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Disclaimer

This travelogue is not associated, affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Google.

Copyright

Photos provided by Flickr / Panoramio / Pbase / Picasaweb / Photobucket etc. are under the copyright of their owners.



Screen captured images from Google Earth / Google Maps and Street Views / MSN Bing Aerial Views etc. are under the copyright of their respective owners.



Similarly all other photos/images from various other sources are under the copyright of their respective owners, web portals/application etc from which these were obtained. Wherever possible due acknowledgement has been made about the source.



Actual terms of copyright/reuse is available in the source link given below each image.

  © Blogger templates Newspaper III by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP