5. Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue – Tuv Province, Mongolia
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Located about an hour outside Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is this massive monument to Genghis Khan. Placed far from any metropolis, the spot was chosen because, according to legend, it was there where Khan found a “golden whip,” which he holds in his right hand in the statue.
Not only is this epically huge statue situated in the middle of nowhere and made from 250 tons of reflective stainless steal, but it commemorates a warmongering dictator who’s military conquests are said to have taken somewhere around 40 million lives. Whatever floats your boat Mongolians…
6. Blue Mustang – Denver, Colorado
So he’s not quite a mega-statue, but we couldn’t bare to leave the Blue Mustang off our list. The creepiness of this big guy is pretty evident when you look at him; anatomically correct, blue skin, glow-in-the-dark robot eyes, and not to mention 32-feet tall. He was installed outside the Denver airport in 2008, and there has been public outcry criticizing the work ever since.
Originally, he was supposed to be the center of a sitting area outside the airport where people could park their car, hang out on benches, and wait for arrivals. But when security measures changed after 9/11 the park was cancelled and now the Blue Mustang stands ominously alone, in an empty patch of dirt cut off from the rest of the airport.
And what does a statue like this even mean? We could ask the artists, except he passed away in 2008 when a section of the 9,000-pund fiberglass Blue Mustang statue FELL ON HIM during construction. ACK!
7. Peter the Great – Moscow, Russia
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The eighth largest statue in the world commemorates the 3ooth anniversary of Peter the I creating the Russian Navy. Unveiled in 1997, Moscow has been trying to get rid of this monument almost immediately after it was built. In 2010 Saint Petersburg refused for it to be relocated to their city, and it was voted one of the top 10 ugliest statues by Virtual Tourist and Foreign Policy magazine.
What it lacks in charm it definitely makes up for in height. This monstrosity looms over 300 feet above the banks of the Moskva river.