“What a hideous statue! It’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen!”
“Yeah, but it makes a great icebreaker.”

When it is very cold, ice forms over water. Before you can drink you must break the ice with a hammer. Before you can travel by boat a special ice-breaking boat must make a path for you. Before you can start a conversation, you need to break the ice of silence. Having an interesting object in your house is a good way to give your guests something to ask about.