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World's Ugliest Public Art

Amabel: Flowering Structure, Seoul

Frank Stella’s status as a blue-chip artist didn’t stop the people of Seoul from objecting to this 30-foot hunk of metal installed outside a steel company’s HQ. Named for an acquaintance of Stella’s who died in an air crash, the 1997 work brings to mind flower petals from some angles—and a terrible accident from most others. But it wasn’t popular enough with the public from any angle. When a plan to move it to a museum was deemed too pricey, the city attempted to camouflage it with a small group of trees instead.

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