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World's Most Controversial Monuments

Everyone’s a critic, but these monuments have sparked the biggest controversies. See what the fuss is about.

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London

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“A drainage ditch,” “muddy bog,” and “municipal paddling pool” are some of the descriptions of architect Kathryn Gustafson’s Lady Di memorial, inaugurated in 2004. Troubled by misfortune, the memorial fountain has flooded, dried up, been vandalized and littered, and caused accidents due to slippery steps since its unveiling. Vivienne Parry, Diana’s so-called confidant, said it succinctly: “Here was the most celebrated Briton in 25 years, and this [memorial] is something you’d trip over before you realize it is even there.”

World's Most Controversial Monuments

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London

“A drainage ditch,” “muddy bog,” and “municipal paddling pool” are some of the descriptions of architect Kathryn Gustafson’s Lady Di memorial, inaugurated in 2004. Troubled by misfortune, the memorial fountain has flooded, dried up, been vandalized and littered, and caused accidents due to slippery steps since its unveiling. Vivienne Parry, Diana’s so-called confidant, said it succinctly: “Here was the most celebrated Briton in 25 years, and this [memorial] is something you’d trip over before you realize it is even there.”

Courtesy of dmclean, 2004
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