Top 3 of the most unusual sculptures in Monaco

We present to you another part of our series on Monegasque sculptures.

Among the many works of art exhibited in the Principality, certain statues hold our attention for their originality. After our previous article on the most recent, here are three of the most unusual sculptures in Monaco.

“The Mantle of Consciousness”, by Anna Chromý

“The Mantle of Conscience”, by Anna Chromý – © Jérôme Vinette

We start with one of the most famous: the “Cape of Conscience”. This statue, located on the Rock, is impressive, if slightly disturbing. On the way to the Oceanographic Museum, passers-by will come across a large seated figure, hidden under a long white coat. The figure is ghostly, but actually represents a faceless virgin and is made of white marble.

This recent sculpture (2014) was a gift from the German International Club of Monaco to Prince Albert II. It was created by Czech artist Anna Chromý, who passed away last September. The purpose of the “Consciousness Cloak” is to inspire us to reflect on ourselves and our actions.

The artist was inspired by Albert Einstein. “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science,she quoted in a speech at the inauguration.

Through the cape, Anna Chromý said on her website that “the search for beauty“is something that”is not always evident in today’s art (…) Beauty is for me the physical image of harmony, the harmony between man, nature and all of creation.

SEE ALSO: Anna Chromý, the artist and eternal perfectionist with a big heart

The “Motophant”, half-motorcycle, half-elephant

The “Motophant”, by Armand Fernandez – © Jérôme Vinette

If art is a way to express your imagination, it’s also a great way to express your opinion. This is the case of Armand Fernandez, or Arman for short, a Franco-American artist born in Nice in 1928, and creator of the “Motophant”. The sculpture depicts an elephant with the body of a motorcycle, its back covered in scrap iron and its legs attached to wheels. Made in 1988, it is located in the park of Fontvieille.

Through the play, Arman would have liked to denounce human actions and their consequences for the planet. Here, the artist depicts the impact of modern technology (the motorcycle) on nature (the elephant), which is subsequently threatened. That would explain the rusty motorcycle scrap on the endangered elephant.

SEE ALSO: Top 3 recent sculptures in Monaco

“The Seated Couple”

“The Seated Couple” by Lynn Russel Chadwick – © Jérôme Vinette

Still near Fontvieille Park, you will probably come across a rather strange sculpture called “The Sitting Couple”, by Lynn Russell Chadwick. As its name suggests, it represents a couple sitting on a bench. The most curious thing about the sculpture is the odd shape of the figures’ bodies.

The man and the woman are seated, facing the road where cars pass. Their positions suggest a caring couple.

This is not the only sculpture of its kind: Lynn Russell Chadwick is known for her “couples”, who now “sit” all over the world.

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