Charlotte, North Carolina
Unveiled in 2009. "The Firebird" was actually created in 1991 by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. She died years before its was purchased and moved to the front of Charlotte's Bechtler Museum of Modern Art -- and perhaps that's for the best, since locals have embraced her work not as a serious piece of sculpture, but as "Disco Chicken."
Standing 18 feet tall, covered from top to bottom in shards of shiny glass, it does indeed suggest a barnyard fowl wrapped in a coating of mirrored disco ball, with 1970s Soul Train flared pants and a strutting John Travolta pose straight out of Saturday Night Fever.