Most public art is horrible, in my philistine opinion (the Philistines being a maligned and cultured people), usually made bearable only by the greater awfulness of the modern architecture around it. But some of it is good. War memorials are in a category of their own, see below.
- ‘Out of Order’ (1989) By David Mach. The “domino phone boxes” in Kingston- upon-Thames. “Not spectacular or meaningful, but fond memories,” says Katherine Drayson.
- Michelangelo’s ‘David’ (1504) Linda Smith says it was originally conceived as public art and is therefore “hard to beat”. She is right.
- ‘Skin 2’ (2010) By Mehmet Ali Uysal. A giant clothes peg in a park outside Liège, Belgium. Nominated by Simon Potter and identified by Neil Jefferies.
- Statue of Liberty, New York (1886) This 93m-high symbolic figure was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Nominated by Clive Davis.
- ‘Freedom’ (2000) By Zenos Frudakis. Outside GlaxoSmith-Kline’s head office in Philadelphia. A naked man emerges in stages from a wall of bronze.
- Trafalgar Square Lions (1867) By Sir Edwin Landseer.
- ‘Winston Churchill’, Parliament Square, London (1973) By Ivor Roberts-Jones. Nominated by Sir Michael Barber and by Jack Evans, who says: “I love the way he looks at Parliament in such a scathing way.”
- ‘The Bull’ in the Bullring, Birmingham (2003) Actually titled The Guardian , a 2.2m-high bronze sculpture of a running, turning bull, created by Laurence Broderick. Nominated by Andrew Denny.
- Stanley Matthews statue at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent (2001) Three figures made by a team of local sculptors. Nominated by C Keeling.
- ‘Conversation à Nice’ (2007) By Jaume Plensa. Seven seated figures on 12m-high poles in Massena Square in Nice, France. Nominated by Helen Catt: “They’re not exactly pretty but they are quite striking.”
Originally published in the Independent on 2nd November 2014.