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The Ugliest Statue in Every State

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When you think of iconic U.S. statues, what comes to mind? The Statue of Liberty, certainly. The Lincoln Memorial, of course. Probably Mount Rushmore and Christ of the Ozarks. But those are just the most deservedly famous examples of our nation's sculpted tributes. The United States is a big place and it contains a lot of statues, and not all of them are going to end up in our history books and tourist guides. Not because they weren't created by people with passion and artistry and devotion to their subjects. But because they're just plain ghastly to look at.

Every state in our country has at least one terrible statue that they are (or should be) embarrassed about. We took the time to compile them all right here—so read on, and enjoy. And for more examples of truly unsightly aesthetics, here are the 30 Ugliest Sports Uniforms Every Designed.

The Boll Weevil Monument; Enterprise

boll weevil monument
Wikimedia Commons/US Department of Agriculture

Yes, this is a 13-foot woman holding a giant bug over her head.

Santa Claus Statue; North Pole

santa clause statue alaska north pole

Forty-two feet tall and a staggering 900 pounds, this is the world's largest Santa Claus statue. Looking for more fun trivia? Here are 30 Celeb Names You're Mispronouncing.

Street Corner Glenn Frey; Winslow

glenn frey statue arizona

The late Eagles singer-songwriter was celebrated with this statue of what Glenn Frey might look like if he was unemployed and homeless and just hanging out on the street in Winslow, Arizona.

Popeye the Sailor Man; Alma

popeye the sailor statue in alma arkansas
Wikimedia Commons/Brandon Rush

Alma is the self-declared "Spinach Capital of the World," so we suppose it makes sense why they have this gigantic bronze Popeye, standing in a fountain and holding a can of spinach. For more fun facts about our country, here are the 50 Hardest Partying Cities in America.

Quetzalcoatl; San Jose

quetzalcoatl san jose statue
Flickr/Robert Graham

It's supposed to be a statue of an Aztec god, a "Feathered Serpent" who represents intelligence and self-reflection. But we all know what it really looks like. Hey, lady, you have to pick up after your dog!

Blue Mustang; Denver

blue mustang statue
Wikimedia Commons/Mike Sinko and Luis Jimenez

If there's one thing you want to see while flying out of Denver International Airport, it's a 32-foot fiberglass horse statue with eyes that look downright demonic. There's a reason this horse has been given the nickname "Bluecifer." Oh, and speaking of Denver: did you know that it's also one of  The 100 Drunkest Cities in America?

 Jack the Turkey; Hartford


A tribute to the very first turkey "pardoned" by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Immediately afterwards, the poor turkey was dipped in gold, apparently.

Huge Doctor's Bag and Stethoscope; Newark

Located outside the Apex Medical Center, it's the perfect thing to put any patient at ease. Because who doesn't feel a little better before an annual checkup if they think their doctor might be suffering from gigantism?

monkey massacre statue
YouTube/Joel Dee

We'd never suggest that this million-dollar sculpture looks anything like a dystopian future where plants have become carnivorous creatures in some kind of Little Shop of Horrors nightmare. That's just…. ridiculous.

Passiflora Incarnation; Coral Gables

elvis aloha statue

What kid hasn't shouted at his parents, "Can we pleeeeeease take a road trip to see the statues commemorating the mass murder of escaped circus monkeys in the early 20th century?"

Monkey Massacre Memorial; Duluth

dog park statue beagle

The poor King has never looked worse. For more great trivia, here are 30 Words That Will Make You Sound Instantly Smarter. 

Elvis Aloha; Honolulu

harry caray statue in chicago
Flickr/Wally Gobetz

Would this statue seem more appealing if we mentioned you can sleep in it? No? Didn't think so.

World's Largest Beagle; Cottonwood

Harry Caray; Chicago

The late Chicago Cubs announcer still stands outside Wrigley Field in Chicago. Well, "stands" might be the wrong word, as Harry Caray's legs in this statue appear to be melting into a pool of disembodied heads.

The Tooth; Crown Point, IN


; Des Moines

Yes, those are two hulking hands bursting from the earth brandishing pipe wrenches.

pink elephant statue in kentucky
Flickr/Joel Kramer

Atchison is more widely known as the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. But it's also the birthplace of a man named "Deafy," who lost his hearing and his legs at a young age during the late 19th century. He refused to wear prosthetic legs, and instead attached boots to his stumps—a decision immortalized here for eternity.

Deafy Boular, the Legless Bricklayer; Atchison, KS

Pink Elephant; Guthrie, KY

No, you're not tripping. There is indeed a pink fiberglass elephant guarding a gas station off US 41.

World's Largest Ronald Reagan Statue; Covington

Hey, the guy was larger than life.

national harbor awakening statue

A 15-foot tall worker with huge forearms, an impressive beer belly, and a 'stache straight out of a '70s stag movie.

Big Boyz Worker; Augusta

The Awakening; National Harbor

Not entirely sure what we're looking at here, but it sure does look like a dude drowning in quicksand. So, um…. welcome to Maryland, we guess?

The ugliest statues in America
Flickr/Corey Seeman

Sorry if we're the first to point this out, but those 9-ton granite legs of the military commander of the Mayflower, um… how do we put this delicately? They're missing a torso. And arms. And a head.

Myles Standish's Legs; Halifax

walleye statue baudette

Finally, a roid-raging statue of the lumberjack from folklore that seems to be saying, "Do you even lift, bro?"

Paul Bunyan; Alpena

Walleye; Baudette

If you want to remind visitors that you're the Walleye capitol of the world, maybe you erect a statue that doesn't make your local fish look like a cross between the Jaws shark and a bloodthirsty piranha.

charlie parker statue
Flickr/John Morrison

It's like somebody watched those spectacularly campy Godzilla movies from the '60s and thought, "We could do worse!"

Tireman; Pontotoc

talking penguin statue
Wikimedia Commons/Nmpls

Here's a helpful suggestion: If you're creating a brass statue of jazz legend Charlie Parker and you leave out the saxophone, maybe you don't have him blowing into an invisible instrument. This just looks like a creepy dude spitting.

Charlie Parker; Kansas City

Talking Penguin Statue; Cut Bank

You won't forget the coldest spot in the nation.

Chef Boyardee; Omaha

It's a lifesize bronze statue of Chef Boyardee, the man who gave the world bland canned pasta. We don't have a joke here. It's a statue of Chef Boyardee that somebody made, and it continues to exist. This is the world we live in.

The ugliest statues in America

Too many questions.

Toilet Paper Hero of Hoover Dam; Boulder City

mr. peanut statue

She clearly doesn't know it's 2017.

New Hampshire
Pollyanna Statue; Littleton

New Jersey
Mr. Peanut; Atlantic City

Everyone's favorite anthropomorphic legume dressed like an oligarch.

man pulling rope statue brooklyn
Flickr/Wally Gobetz

Still, betcha can't eat just one!

New Mexico
The World's Largest Pistachio; Alamogordo

queen charlotte statue

This statue commemorates an 1862 naval battle, which apparently involved entirely nude sailors.

New York
Nude Man Pulling Rope; Brooklyn

North Carolina
Queen Charlotte; Charlotte

This bronze sculpture, standing at 15 feet, is a tribute to the town's namesake, the English queen who inspired English settlers to name their settlement after her. If the town wants us to know nothing else about Queen Charlotte, it's that she knew how to take a punch to the stomach.

North Dakota
Four-Headed Thunderbird Statue; Bismarck

Oh cool, that won't be hovering over us in our nightmares for the rest of our lives. Thanks for the horrifying visual image, North Dakota!

Radiance; Toledo

Any tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., is worth having, of course. But of all the great monuments to the civil rights leader, this one with four disembodied heads just strikes us as a little… odd.

Transformer; Stillwater

We don't even know where to begin.

The ugliest statues in America

As if we needed more evidence that everybody in Portland is slightly bonkers, here's an 11-foot sculpture of a bronze salmon swimming through a building.

Fish Swimming Through Building; Portland

Singing Statue of Perry Como; Canonsburg

If there's one thing that'll change millennials' minds about their grandparents' music, it's a statue of a Perry Como singing "Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)."

Rhode Island
Ms. Potato Head; Westerly

This bikini-wearing spud, officially called "Sunbaked 1966," stands a full six-feet tall and happily terrifies visitors at the local airport.

South Carolina
Freaked Out Revolutionary Horse; Johnsonville

This 12-foot bronze tribute to Revolutionary War General Francis Marion and his horse, Ball, tells everything you need to know about 18th century war. The horses were so not into it!

South Dakota
Corn Palace Mascot; Mitchell

Sorry if we're the ones to break it to you, Corn Palace owners, but "Cornelius," the creepily happy ear of corn that you've picked as a mascot, is not going to become the Mickey Mouse for a new generation. But kudos for trying!

General Nathan Bedford Forrest; Nashville

If you were hoping for the Confederate Army to be remembered as anything but slave-owning traitors, this crazy-eyed statue is probably not the way to go.

joseph smith sphinx statue
Flickr/Chris Sloan

"Monster Maria," a styrofoam statue of Taco XPress owner Maria Corbalan, shouldn't be such a beloved a landmark, but that's what she is nonetheless. When her 8-foot arms were cut off by vandals not long ago, it was treated like a national tragedy, until the limbs were recovered and reattached. Accept her as your personal lord and savior, and all will be forgiven.

The Taco Queen; Austin

the whispering statue barre vermont

What's that? Oh, just the head of the founder of Mormonism on an Egyptian sphinx. No big deal.

Joseph Smith Sphinx; Salt Lake City

foamhenge statue
Flickr/Ryan Lintelman

Fun fact: They say this war memorial from the '20s has unique acoustics, where you can whisper behind the statue and the sound will reverberate across the plaza.

The Whispering Statue; Barre

christopher columbus statue
Flickr/Helen Cook

It's just like the prehistoric Stonehenge in England, but it's made out of… sorry, sorry, no, we can't do this. Seriously, styrofoam?

Foamhenge; Natural Bridge

legend of mothman statue

We can't imagine a better tribute to the guy who maybe didn't really discover North America than a gaunt futuristic cyborg looking out at an ocean on the other end of the continent he may or may not have landed on first.

Christopher Columbus; Seattle

West Virginia
Point Pleasant Mothman; Point Pleasant

A 12-foot-tall stainless steel tribute to a creature that supposedly terrorized residents during the mid-1960s.

Fox Cities Oracle; Appleton

Supposedly this is a horse. Your guess is as good as ours.

Rock Paper Scissors; Gillette

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