Imagine walking through the snow one cold, gloomy morning and coming face-to-face with this:
AP Photo / Steven Senne via TalkingPointsMemo.com
What’s going on? Is that guy okay? What is he doing?
Before you worry about having to ask any awkward questions like, “Sir, where are your pants?” you can breathe a sigh of relief — he’s just a statue.
And he’s on our freakiest statues EVER list. The piece is called “Sleepwalker” and the artist is Tony Matelli. It was featured on the Wellesley college campus and freaked out so many women (Wellesley is not a coed school) that someone started a petition to get it removed. As of writing this, they’re a mere 50 signatures away from getting the supporters they need.
“‘Sleepwalker,’ has become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for some members of our campus community,” Reads the petition. “While it may appear humorous, or thought provoking to some, the ‘Sleepwalker’ has already become a source of undue stress for a number of Wellesley College students, the majority of whom live, study, and work on campus. “
But he’s only one of many freaky creepy sculptures out there. Here are four more of the freakiest sculptures EVER.
4. “Playdate” by John Waters
John Waters is perhaps best known for his disturbing films, but he can also add disturbing artist to his list of accomplishments. He made these sculptures of Michael Jackson and Charles Manson in pajamas. Why? Because he wants his work to ask the question, “Charles Manson and Michael Jackson, reborn as perfect babies – could they have saved each other if they had met on a playdate before their lives went wrong?” I’m gonna say no.
3. “A Girl” by Ron Mueck
This whole list could be made up of the hyperrealistic sculptures of artist Ron Mueck, but this one is particularly jarring because of its size – 110.5 x 134.5 x 501 cm or about 3.6 feet x 4 feet x 16.5 feet. That’s one big baby. All of his figures are superhuman-like and supermassive. It’s perfect nightmare fuel.
2. “The Wings”, Choi Xoo Ang
“The Wings” looks like a mass of human hands sewed together into a wing formation, but it’s actually a sculpture made of oil on resin and stainless steel.
Ang has a talent for taking hyperrealistic human elements and making them “not right”, like this wing made of human hands, or a sculpture of two humans sewn together, back to back. Or whatever the hell this is:
Yup, I threw an extra one in there for ya. No need to thank me.
1. “The Young Family” by Patricia Piccinini
According to Daily Art Fixx, Piccinini makes her art using a combination of, “silicone, fibreglass, human hair, leather, plywood, clothing, polyurethane, leather, and mdf [medium-density fibreboard].” Yes, somehow out of those things, she creates THESE things. Personally I think “The Young Family” is one of her freakiest pieces, and that’s really saying something.
What do you think of these freaky sculptures?