It was famed Polish-born writer Jerzy Kosinski who once said, "The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke." But what happens when the art in question evokes feelings of abject terror?
Take, for instance, the gigantic, wrinkly thumb poking out from a public square in Doha, Qatar. Or the larger-than-life sculpture in Bern, Switzerland, of a bloated beast eating bare-bottomed babies. Or a statue of what appears to be Mister Rogers as a brain-sucking zombie in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
We're not making any of this up. Across the globe, public art pieces make tourists shudder, some by design and others because of how thoroughly, disturbingly, sometimes hilariously bizarre they are.
Either way, we can all but guarantee that the following 30 pieces of art will terrorize your days and haunt your nights. Proceed with caution!