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Our Top Choices on Roundabout Sculptures of the World

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

From Saudi Arabia to Canada

A roundabout is a British term to describe "a road junction at which traffic moves in one direction round a central island to reach one of the roads converging on it." In North American terms, a Roundabout is also known as a Traffic Circle or a Rotary.

Below is a list and description of our top choices on Roundabout Sculptures of the World.


1. The Daisy Roundabout

Evans Road, Chilliwack, BC, Canada

This sculpture stands 25 feet tall and was created by Ronald Simmer. It was installed in 2018 at the Evans Road roundabout in Chilliwack B.C. , Canada. Though some may interpret the art as reference to pushing up daisies, a euphemism for death, others may view it as a signs of Spring and renewal.

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Photo Courtesy of Chantele Delaine


2. The Illuminated Globe

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Made of steel and glass, The Illuminated Globe is poised in a busy roundabout in northwest Jeddah. It was designed by Julio Lafuente, a Spanish artist and architect who created almost two dozen works of art for the city.

Though Lafuente says his works are designed to celebrate local culture, The Illuminated Globe certainly suggests a global conscience.

Photo Courtesy of Trip Advisor


3. Twin Snails

Lorignac, North of Bordeaux, France

If you travel at a snail's pace around this sculpture, you have opportunity to admire this artistic ode to cagouille and by slowing down, you also decrease your risk of accidents.

Designed by Jean-Luc Plé, the sculpture includes a pair of 6 foot snail sculptures: one which is climbing a grapevine, while another gazes into a mirror.

Photo courtesy of i.pinimg.com


5. Aquatic Tunnel

Faroe Islands, UK

No need to hold your breath. A first of its kind, this underwater sculpture was brought to life by Faroese artist Tróndur Patursson and roundabout drivers are welcome to gasp in delight at this jellyfish-like sight. The structure is made of natural rock and forms a junction where two North Atlantic islands meet. This art is illuminated with blue and green lights, a calming welcome from the typical white glare of street lights.

Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet


6. Lija Belvedere Tower

Lija, Malta

Constructed by the architect Giuseppe Bonavia, the Lija Belvedere Tower, also known as the Torri Belvedere, was originally built in 1857 as a folly for visitors of Villa Gourigon's gardens. The structure was later relocated and assigned as a roundabout landmark.

Photo courtesy of Times of Malta

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