The maker of this beautiful miniature is not an artist by profession. He is Imre Mezei, a simple man who works in the construction industry and who has been blessed with skilful hands and patience. Normally, he is working as a carpenter and a mason, but in his free time, he creates stunning replicas.
According to 24, he has been working on his ‘parliament project’ for more than half a year and has put in thousands of hours of work. The master of this piece of art is from the Transylvanian Gyergyóditró, and the metal replica adorns his backyard. Many people from Transylvania were part of Hungary before the Treaty of Trianon. According to the census of 1910, 1.66 million Hungarians became part of Romania from one day to the next. Since then, many people living there still consider themselves Hungarians. In fact, in 2002, 1.4 million people said they were Hungarians.
Liget wrote that in order for Imre Mezei to be able to work on his dream project, he only undertook smaller jobs this year. Normally he would work as a mason or carpenter, but he wanted to chase his dream. As he said to the news portal: “I worked in the construction industry, but I have become sick and tired of them treating me like an object like I did not matter. So I quit and focused on miniature-building. In order to finish up the replica of the Hungarian Parliament, I stopped working. Before that, I would practice my hobby after work”.
Imre Mezei made his first miniatures about twenty years ago. He made some tiny wooden houses that are now scattered in different corners of his backyard.
He said that he inherited his skills from his father, who made table lamps in the shape of tiny houses. His works got more serious when three years ago, he built the replica of one of the churches in Gyergyóditró. This was made out of steel as he designed it to be an adornment outside.
About eight months ago, he started his latest project, the miniature of the Hungarian Parliament. The miniature itself took six months to build, but Imre had to spend two months figuring out a solution to hold the ‘gigantic’ replica. As it is made of steel sheets, it weighs around 200 kg, and as miniatures go, it is quite sizeable.
He told Liget that although it has a place now, it is not yet finished. There are some areas he wants to touch up on, and he also wants to make a roof over it to protect it from the elements. He cut, filed, welded, and painted every bit himself, only using traditional hand tools, and he admitted that it was not easy. He used a plethora of photos and pictures to be able to build this piece of architecture and even made a temporary tent to be able to work on it during the winter.
The structure has around 700 tiny windows and is a whopping 200 kg.
The backyard of Imre Mezei became the tourist attraction of Gyergyószék as people come to see his wonderful creation not only from his own and nearby towns but even from much farther away. Although Imre Mezei is very proud of his work, he is already planning his next project; he would like to make a replica of the Vajdahunyad Castle in today’s Romania. He admires these architectural wonders and tries to recreate them on a smaller scale.
Source: 24.hu, Liget.ro