On our trip to the College World Series, when we got to Council Bluffs, IA, directly across the Missouri River from Omaha, we were met by this sight, along with two more on the other side of the overpass bridge that we went under:
Apparently these four objects, for lack of a better word, are commissioned sculptures designed to make visitors feel welcome to the city.
Seeing that "welcomed" was not my reaction at all, I googled them (which is where this picture was pulled) and discovered that - surprise, surprise - the people of Council Bluffs think that they are hideous. I agree. They look like someone welded together junkyard metal and then called it "art."
One person commented that it looks like "Come to Council Bluffs. We'll welcome you and then we'll stab you." I kind of agree.