World's Scariest Statues - Slideshow

By Jada A. Graves, Staff WriterOct. 24, 2011
By Jada A. Graves, Staff WriterOct. 24, 2011, at 3:25 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

World's Scariest Statues - Slideshow

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Black Aggie

Black Aggie

Washington, D.C., USA
Plenty of folklore swirls around two haunting, allegorical statues representing grief. The original piece, sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and shown here, peacefully sits atop the Adams Memorial of Rock Creek Cemetery of Washington, D.C. But an unauthorized replica, known as the Black Aggie, can be found in D.C.'s Lafayette Park and is believed to bring misfortune to all those who look her in the eye.
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The Fremont Troll

The Fremont Troll

Seattle, Washington, USA
This spooky supernatural of north Seattle lives on tourist admiration -- and the occasional passing VW Beetle. He receives plenty of visitors each year, especially on the Trolloween festival held each Oct. 31.
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Black Aggie

Washington, D.C., USA
Plenty of folklore swirls around two haunting, allegorical statues representing grief. The original piece, sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and shown here, peacefully sits atop the Adams Memorial of Rock Creek Cemetery of Washington, D.C. But an unauthorized replica, known as the Black Aggie, can be found in D.C.'s Lafayette Park and is believed to bring misfortune to all those who look her in the eye.
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The Fremont Troll

Seattle, Washington, USA
This spooky supernatural of north Seattle lives on tourist admiration -- and the occasional passing VW Beetle. He receives plenty of visitors each year, especially on the Trolloween festival held each Oct. 31.
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Le Passe-Muraille

Paris, France
In the French short story "Le Passe-Muraille," writer Marcel Aymé tells the story of a man who happily discovers he has the gift of walking through walls. But passersby are split between delighted and disturbed when they "discover" this statue depicting Aymé's hero on the streets of the Montmartre district.
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Anonymous

Budapest, Hungary
Visitors are often scared of this Budapest statue, celebrating a nameless writer of Hungarian history, because of his attire. But at least the heavily cloaked monk does indeed have a body, unlike …
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The Cloaks of Conscience

Austria, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic
"The Cloaks of Conscience," the most famous work of Czech-born sculptor Anna Chromý, is a series of sculptures found throughout the world of slouched, seated capes -- without bodies beneath. This pictured one, known as Pietà, slumps outside Austria's Salzburg Cathedral.
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Virgin Mother

London, England & New York, New York, USA
This pregnant statue shocked spectators for standing without her clothes -- and some of her skin. There have been two versions of this 35-foot Damien Hirst piece -- one in New York City and the other in London, as shown here.
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David Cerny Sculptures

Prague, Czech Republic
Czech artist David Cerny's imaginative and oftentimes disturbing statues can be found throughout Prague. His most famous pieces are a series of bronze baby sculptures with mashed-in faces.
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The Awakening

National Harbor, Maryland, USA; Chesterfield, Missouri, USA
Try as Washington, D.C. might, the five frightening pieces of this struggling giant can't be buried. He was first revealed as a temporary exhibit in the city's East Potomac Park, where he proceeded to scramble to break free for nearly 30 years. In 2007, he was transported 11 miles away to the National Harbor of Oxon Hill, Md.
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