They are dotted about the landscape and part of Birmingham's rich cultural heritage.
Now a book detailing the city's wealth of sculptures has been launched to help people locate the best of the memorials and artworks.
Birmingham Public Sculpture Trails provides readers with a step-by-step tour of the city's "diverse and accessible" sculptures through four individual trails.
It was launched on Friday in Birmingham City Council's banqueting suite by the authors George T Noszlopy and Fiona Waterhouse from Birmingham City University.
They were joined by council leader Mike Whitby, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Chauhdry Rashid and representatives from the publishers Liverpool University Press.
The pocket-sized book not only highlights the artistic qualities of many of the pieces, but also offers a wealth of background details about the commissioning of the works, the people commemorated by them and the artists who made them.
Coun Whitby said the book demonstrated how the city was surrounded by a "fantastically-rich tapestry of sculptures" in its squares, streets, parks and on buildings.
He said: "We are truly fortunate to be able to see world class examples of the new, like the River Goddess in Centenary Square, only a few minutes away from important historical examples of the old, like that of Lord Nelson in the Bullring.
"I encourage everyone to use this book as a tool in accessing Birmingham's sculptural heritage, to explore the city, and to take in some of the wide variety of sculpture on offer.
"I hope in doing so, people will see some of our thoroughfares and meeting places transformed before their eyes - into vast public galleries, where some of Birmingham's most significant artwork is displayed."
Coun Whitby added that the council and its partners had been working to keep Birmingham's sculptures as accessible as possible for the public, with recent conservation work including the return of William Blore's regilded Boulton, Murdoch and Watt statue in time for the 50th anniversary of its installation.
Funding to restore Albert Toft's statue of King Edward VII and relocate it from Highgate Park to Centenary Square has also recently been identified and next month the Thomas Attwood statue in Sparkbrook will be moved into storage for conservation.