St. Louis, Missouri
Officially titled Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels, a ten-foot-tall bronze Pinocchio stretches his arms skyward as he stands atop a wheeled cart. Sculpted in 2009 by Jim Dine, who has been fixated on Pinocchio for much of his professional career. The fictional wooden puppet-who-came-to-life first appeared in a children's book in 1883, and the more-familiar Disney cartoon version debuted in 1940. The statue, in a pleasant urban park, conveys the joy of being alive, rather than Pinocchio's reputation for lying and nose-growing.