The Concrete Structures and Statues of the World

Concrete is often perceived as a building material, designed for buildings, driveways, and carparks. Concrete is an incredibly versatile material which can be formed to serve many purposes, including stunning works of art.  Don’t believe us? Check out these four stunning concrete structures.

MUSA

MUSA is an underwater art gallery populated by 500 permanent life-size structures. The statues are formed from marine concrete and many are modeled after inhabitants nearby villages.

The designers of MUSA chose marine concrete because it could become a complex reef structure. As such, MUSA is an interaction between art and environmental science. This concrete art gallery is the largest artificial reef in the world.

 

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer is a colossal concrete statue of Jesus Christ located at the summit of Mount Corcovada, Rio De Janeiro.

 

The statue was completed in 1931 and stands 98 feet tall. The statue is formed from reinforced concrete and clad in a mosaic of thousands of triangular soapstone tiles. The statue is the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the world and is one of the continent's most recognizable landmarks.

 

Fontana di Camerlata

Fontana di Camerlata, the fountain of Camerlata, is a concrete structure positioned in a bustling traffic hub in the north of Italy.

 

The structure was designed in 1935 by architect Cseare Cattaneo and painter Mario Radice. The structure belongs to the genre of abstractionism and communicates the idea of rational and orderly movement amidst chaotic traffic.  

 

Yugoslavian Concrete Structures

Isolated and intimidating concrete structures are scattered across former Yogoslavia. These structures were commissioned by former president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 1970s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place or where concentration camps stood. Designed by various architects and sculptors, these massive concrete structures were intended to convey the power of the Socialist Republic.

 

After the Socialist Republic crumbled in the 1990s, the structures were completely abandoned and their symbolic meaning disregarded. Today the structures stand in isolation, deserted.

 

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