On Thursday, Los Angeles Times correspondent Matt Pearce took to Twitter with a question: “What are your favorite public statues?” 

The question was pretty clearly a reference to the Confederate statue debate that it is once again at the center of the public discourse after the Charlottesville rally last week that turned violent. The responses ended up being a fun, fascinating celebration of one of humanity’s oldest art forms, celebrating a variety of statues. Some are funny and entertaining, some are sobering and thoughtful, but all point to the power of public art and the necessity that the power be used responsibly. Here are just a few selections.

https://twitter.com/NicoleK8686/status/898246787466756097

https://twitter.com/spsullivan/status/898211867373568000

https://twitter.com/Moj_kobe/status/898209197350805505

https://twitter.com/ruizhong67/status/898213532851982336