Caroline Shawk, the inventor of modern butter sculpture, couldn’t afford marble, so she started making butter sculptures to raise money at local fairs. Her butter sculpture became a runaway hit at Centennial exhibition, which allowed her to open her own studio and work with marble.
After two children carelessly destroyed a sculpture called “Angel is waiting”, while their parents filmed them, the artist renamed it “Broken” and left it on display with a video monitor showing footage of the incident.
A solid gold toilet was once on display at a museum in New York. Over 100,000 people lined up to use it.
The Blue Mustang, a 32-foot tall sculpture of a blue horse at Denver International Airport, was designed by sculptor Luis Jiménez who was unable to complete the project after the head fell on him and severed an artery in his leg, killing him. His staff and family finished the job for him.
According to folklore, people looking into the eyes of Eternal Silence sculpture will see a vision of their own death.
Michelangelo’s sculpture of Mary carrying Jesus after the crucifixion was severely damaged by insane geologist, Laszlo Toth, who attacked it with a hammer, screaming “I AM JESUS CHRIST”. Meanwhile, onlookers took many of the pieces of marble that flew off.
In 2004, a 19m tall sculpture of Jesus, named “King of Kings”, was erected in Ohio. It was the 7th tallest statue in the United States at the time. In 2010, it was struck by lightning and was destroyed by the subsequent fire.
The artist Man Ray created an object in 1923 called Object To Be Destroyed. It survived until 1957 when a group of nihilists stole it from an exhibition and shot it. Man Ray used the resulting insurance payout to make a group of 100 replicas, called Indestructible Object.