A worker cleans a monument to Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin during preparations to celebrate the 216th anniversary of his birth in St Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday
Residents wearing masks pose for a photograph near a statue of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong, as a sandstorm hits Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China
An ice covered statue is seen in Lafayette Square on Monday in Washington, DC
Tourists walk through the Attalos arcade in Athens, past the ancient marble head of Greek historian Herodotus
Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images
Johanna Puisto, a sculpture conservator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, unveils a cast of Michelangelo’s David on Monday in London, England
“Unconditional Surrender,” an 8-meter (25-foot) cast-bronze sculpture in colour of a sailor and a nurse in lip-locked embrace, is seen outside the Caen Memorial in Normandy, France on Wednesday
The supermoon behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
A worker rappels from the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Rio de Janeiro’s Mount Corcovado, Brazil. Small sections of the famous monument’s head and right hand were chipped off in recent lightning strikes.
Christ the Redeemer statue is silhouetted against the glow of the moonset in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A child drops coins into golden Buddha statues as a symbol of blessings on Vesak day at the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday
An Indonesian worker removes Mount Kelud volcanic ash from a statue at Sewu temple in Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia. Mount Kelud in East Java province erupted late 13 February, killing four people and spewing ash and rock that covered much of the island. More than 56,000 people were displaced.
Mario Tama/Getty Images
A worker hauls in a rope while perched on the shoulder of the Christ the Redeemer statue during a media tour following a ceremony blessing the workers by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Dom Orani Tempesta, on Friday. The statue in Brazil’s second-largest city was damaged by multiple lightning strikes recently and crews are beginning to repair the damage while adding more lightning rods.
A bronze statue of the Star Wars character Yoda is unveiled on Thursday at the opening ceremony of the Sandcrawler building in Singapore. Yoda, is the grand master of the Jedi Order in George Lucas’s films. George Lucas, director of the Star Wars movies, is to base the regional headquarters for his company Lucasfilm at the Sandcrawler building, which resembles the huge mobile fortresses featured in films
Charles Platiau /Reuters
A restored statue of the archangel Saint Michael is raised at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Work on the chapel, within the Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cite, started in 2008 and will finish in 2014.
Indian children play next to an elephant statue at Ambedkar Park, dedicated to dalits or India’s low-castes, which was opened to the public Wednesday, in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India The park was built during the rule of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government and includes statues of elephants, the political symbol of the BSP, as well as statues of dalit leaders. It was opened despite an investigation by the current government into millions it says were misappropriated during the building of the park.
A group of stonemasons take down the statue of late popstar Michael Jackson that was erected by previous owner Mohammed al-Fayed, on the northwest corner of Fulham Football Club, west London.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
A football fan sits on a statue in Trafalgar Square ahead of a friendly match between England and Scotland on Wednesday night in London. The national teams will meet at Wembley stadium for their first international in 14 years
People take photographs while others read anti-government graffiti on the ground in front of the statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, at Taksim Square in Istanbul, the site of anti-government protests. Many of the demonstrators have reacted with humour, particularly on social media sites, often lampooning the prime minister and poking fun at his comments