The wave of protests that has swept the nation in response to the killing of George Floyd has resulted in a period of unprecedented reflection and (hopefully) change as America finally reckons with its racist past. One thing that’s been happening, alongside the protests, is that numerous public statues commemorating Confederate leaders have been torn down, removed, or even—in the case of a Christopher Columbus statue in Boston—beheaded.
But aren’t all statues basically monuments to terrible men who stole, cheated, and murdered their way into the history books? Nope! Some statues are good, actually.
So when James Barr asked Twitter to name some statues “that actually enhance their surroundings” history nerds and appreciators of public art far and wide answered the call.
Name a statue that actually enhances its surroundings.— James Barr (@James_Barr) June 10, 2020
Here are some statues that nobody has a problem with because of how undeniably excellent they are.
This is the only good statue. Destroy all the rest pic.twitter.com/1O42ZeZC7Y— 3rd amendment activist (@TheEpicDept) June 9, 2020
there's also this one in Russia that honors the advances laboratory mice have made for science pic.twitter.com/iZcK1NDhN8— i bless the rains down in castamere (@Chinchillazllla) June 9, 2020
I was just informed that this statue of Columbo exists in Budapest pic.twitter.com/tIFjQWokOJ— Lindsay Goldwert (@lindsaygoldwert) June 10, 2020
I just sent this to my expat sister who walked by it within 10 minutes and passes along the best part, Columbo's basset hound pic.twitter.com/3tSZh3jBhZ— Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) June 10, 2020
excuse you, lenin with a cat pic.twitter.com/fR3ITMgQ8P— parallel woman (@MissPavIichenko) June 10, 2020
The Appennine Colossus, Florence. pic.twitter.com/rSvuG1SSqm— Mindy P (@p19_mindy) June 10, 2020
The only 2 statues I’ve seen in person worth a damn are both dogs who waited for their owners for years after they passed: Hachikō and Greyfrairs Bobby pic.twitter.com/2JhrT0D2pu— online nobody (@online_nobody) June 9, 2020
Let’s not kid around here: This Gundam in Tokyo (Odaiba) pic.twitter.com/Xa4YGjAW5U— Nes (@AlphaHeartt) June 10, 2020
Freddie Mercury statue, Montreux pic.twitter.com/NF9UGAr0wE— Rob Walker (@llamedos77) June 10, 2020
Got some news for you about the heads on Easter Island pic.twitter.com/V77ehZWMyi— Seyoncé (@chubby_chic_) June 10, 2020
The Sasal Buddha at Bamiyan, Afghanistan before it was destroyed in 2001. pic.twitter.com/ACxIbM71Bh— jorge (@antartica81) June 10, 2020
Alan T at the University of Surrey pic.twitter.com/SKc5czGi9X— S (@Skinselley) June 10, 2020
South Dakota Indian Statue Dignity (a.k.a. Dignity of Earth & Sky) 50-foot high stainless steel statue by South Dakota artist laureate Dale Lamphere. pic.twitter.com/CGg6sCbVlz— Tracey-anne McCartney (@jasmoonbutterfl) June 10, 2020
a gardener, a waitress, a cleaner, a street sweeper. love how they honor otherwise invisible workers. são paulo, brazil pic.twitter.com/eTOPBOHGPE— belga da pizza🙃 (@choracuica) June 10, 2020
How about this? pic.twitter.com/s2YE4YLyHd— I don’t need no stinking badges (@dare_andrew) June 10, 2020
Grenada: Underwater sculptures in tribute to African slaves pic.twitter.com/QBL2Pn9iWi— Krissylady (@krizzypowell) June 10, 2020
Hong Kong's Big Buddha on Lantau island. pic.twitter.com/futg1bD6ef— Chi The Cynic (@chithecynic) June 10, 2020
The only statue I’m obsessed with in Boston ❤️🦆 pic.twitter.com/fIiyD9WM9A— Sammi C (@sammiotter) June 11, 2020
Peanuts, St. Paul, Minnesota, hometown of Charles Schulz. pic.twitter.com/hy30PHXI4K— ben schwartz (@benschwartz_) June 11, 2020
San Francisco pic.twitter.com/ByIBgxuj1T— Erika😷Was (@erikawas) June 11, 2020
Expansion, in New York pic.twitter.com/2KL09xsjq4— Kerry Daynes (@KerryDaynes) June 10, 2020
Istanbul - of course pic.twitter.com/hqg9DXNXGG— Hannah Lucinda Smith (@hannahluci) June 10, 2020
Anton Chekhov’s dogs, outside Moscow pic.twitter.com/JGH84DKtnL— Michael Tisserand (@m_tisserand) June 10, 2020
La passionara in Glasgow - better to die on your feet than live forever on your knees pic.twitter.com/eWrh0IuRQp— Loose Moose 🏳️🌈 (@romansarecrazy) June 10, 2020
Statue of Liberty pic.twitter.com/fEkM21gfLg— Sharon Borawski (@sharonbski) June 10, 2020