I haven't spent a lot of time in London, but you can't miss its obsession with monuments. There are hundreds of them, memorializing nearly every famous and semi-famous person in the world, including Queen Victoria (a lot), Admiral Nelson, Charlie Chaplain, Alfred Hitchcock, John Wesley, Ronald Reagan, and Peter Pan (twice) Plus window washers, roller skaters, Greek gods, animals, and intangible concepts.
Most they tend to be fully clothed and rather dour-looking, but there is a bit of whimsy, and plenty of nude, muscular male forms for the connoisseur of beefcake. Here are the top 15:
1. The Wellington Monument in Hyde Park, featuring a muscular, naked Achilles in black bronze.
2.-3. Two ten-foot tall statues of football star and underwear model David Beckham (left), ginormous bulge intact, outside the H&M Store on Regent Street (they've probably been moved inside by now).
5. Jeté, by Enzo Plazotta, in Millbank (left). Dancer David Wall was used as a model.
More after the break.
13. The nude Horse and Rider by Elizabeth Frink is actually in Hampshire, south of London.
And I haven't even gotten to Manchester.
See also the public penises of Paris, Prague, and Finland.