Along Interstate 195, perched atop a hill, is a fascinating landmark, the Junk Castle. Built by the eccentric American artist Victor Moore, this unique structure is constructed using an assortment of scrapped and recycled material. This quirky citadel, replete with washing machine doors for windows, served as the abode of the newly married couple Bobbie and Victor Moore. Although a private property, the castle attracts droves of curious travelers who stop by to marvel at the unique creation.
A quiet and unassuming residential street in Sebastopol hides one of its best attractions. Florence Avenue is scattered with quirky and whimsical pieces of art made by artists Patrick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent. The couple uses junk metal to sculpt and paint extraordinary art pieces, which are displayed on the street for visitors. The vibrant street is lined with colorful statues and fascinating sculptures of animals, mermaids, vehicles, fictional characters and even some residents of the neighborhood. Invigorated with eclectic art, the street can be particularly delightful for children.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Berlin's otherwise prosaic Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Straße stands a quirky pre-war building. Here the sight of a few cows defying gravity and walking along the sides of a building greets passersby. This whimsical street art installation will make you stop in your tracks and marvel at its eccentricity. Designed by artist Sergej Dott, the art features life-size cows grazing on a vertical patch of meadow. Dott is known for his quirky and pun-intended pieces of modern art. The Return of the Cows is one among his array of impressive works.
Standing tall at the center of Florin’s market in Koblenz, Augenroller is a clock tower notoriously famous for mocking passersby. At the crown of the tower, overlooking the marketplace is the sheet-metal visage of Johan Lutter, a 16th-century thief. Remarkably, the eyes of the robber move right to left along with the pendulum, and as the clock strikes an hour or half an hour, the robber’s tongue sticks out in a mocking gesture. According to folklore, on his deathbed, Lutter made a similar expression to mock his horde of victims.
Adjoining the ethereal St. Martin Church in Flintsbach am Inn, Flintsbach Historical Cemetery is an old German graveyard. The numerous, generations-old graves here bear ancient grave markers and folk art. As opposed to the common practice of renting a grave for a few decades, this unique cemetery is home to graves of select families only. Yet another remarkable feature here is an ossuary, which houses a few skulls. Although a tad macabre and eerie in nature, the Flintsbach Historical Cemetery continues to attract throngs of discerning travelers.
Nestled in the quaint community of Lohrheim, Initium et Finis is home to the admirable collection of artifacts and objects collected by artist Matthias Korb. The eccentric collection features doll heads, antique furniture, creepy skull heads and so much more. Featuring an old farmhouse, this museum is filled with objects treading the theme of life, death, matter and time. A must-visit for those who wish to explore the dark side.
Why walk down four floors when you can slide down in a jiffy? The 13-meter high architectural wonder, Parabolic Slide makes this task possible at the Technical University of Munich. Parabolic Slide is a unique piece of art that features two slides starting from the fourth floor in the mathematics and informatics department. Set in the university building’s spacious atrium, these large slides are made to resemble a parabola that is sure to grab your attention. When you walk past the atrium, it is common to spot students slide down the giant slide.
The American Gothic Barn is one of Mount Vernon's most iconic landmarks. Located off U.S. Highway-30, this unassuming little barn is home to a stunning rendition of Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic." Created in 2008 by Mark Benesh, this unique piece of life-size art is sure to make passers-by stop and take a second look. Covering the barn's entire façade, the art makes for a wonderful photo-ops stop. So, when in town, stop by to admire the colorful art, capture its uniqueness in the lens and enjoy the views of the surrounding landscape.
Clinging to the sloping inclines of the hilly terrain, which comprises the town's landscape, the Sliding Jail is one of Jerome's most recognizable landmarks. While the jail managed to endure aftershocks from a dynamite explosion in 1938, the blasts pushed it off-kilter and resulted in the structure's descent down the slope. Today, it is regarded as one of Jerome's most well-known attractions and is a popular spot for those visiting the town.
A pleasant walk in the historic downtown of Silver City leads you to a remarkable sight of extraordinary buildings, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and a fascinating wall of colorful bottles. The Wall of Bottles is an awe-inspiring sight comprised of thousands of colorful bottles placed together by stucco – a method of hand-applied cement sidings. This half-constructed wall is already head-high, making it an excellent spot to stop by on your visit to downtown Silver City. Located right across the stunning building of Grant County Courthouse, the Wall of Bottles is a great attraction to visit at dawn to witness the multi-hued sidewalk.
If you happen to pass by Interstate 90, the humungous bronze statue of McDonald’s Quarter Pounder burger is likely to catch your eye. Rising to a height of nine feet, this statue was built to commemorate the decadent Quarter Pounder burger which has been served at McDonald’s for over 50 years. The statue is constructed on a granite pedestal and the phrase “hot and deliciously juicy” has been carved in Latin, signifying a feature that makes it one of the most liked fast-food items among the locals in the city. The statue is sculpted by a Utah-based sculptor, Raymond Gibby, and almost took 1800 hours to erect. Several passersby often halt at the spot to grab a picture with the ginormous burger.