Even though it is not impossible to see all of the few hundred statues in Budapest (if you are really dedicated to seeing all of them), it might be tougher than you would have thought. Why? Because of the city’s mini statues that are hidden in certain points of the city. If you ever wish to discover the city’s statues, try it with the unusual mini statues first.
An absolutely remarkable Instagram page, Statues of Budapest, collects the Hungarian capital’s statues on a weekly basis. The page is worth a visit for sure, but we also have to remark that many of these mini statues are made by the sculptor-artist Mihajlo Kolodko, a Ukranian citizen with Hungarian origins, who was born in the Transcarpathian city of Uzhhorod (Ungvár).
Mini statues in Budapest:
This Kolodko mini-statue is the latest in the Hungarian capital city. The Rubik’s cube is undoubtedly one of the most well-known Hungarian toy inventions that was created in the 1970s. As you can see in the picture, the Rubik’s cube statue is located opposite the Parliament Building, on the Buda embankment, not too far from Batthyány Square, on the side of the stairs.
Animals and lost stuff:
On Széll Kálmán Square, you can find lonely little statues in a weird concept. Does it look like they are separate pieces of things lost by a single person? Or by more people? And why snails and birds? We do not know, but it is sure that they make your day a little bit better if you notice these next time at Széll Kálmán Square. There is a lost umbrella, too!
Ferenc Liszt at Budapest Airport:
This little sculpture is a memorial to Ferenc Liszt, the world-famous Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor and music teacher. The Budapest Airport (previously Ferihegy Airport) was named after Ferenc Liszt in 2011, in the year of the 200th anniversary of his birth.
The sculpture is on a pedestal, depicting Liszt (with a strangely long, extended face) waiting on his suitcase. Liszt was a great traveller when he was on concert tours in Europe. In his time, it was much more difficult to travel around. That is the reason why Liszt is sitting on his suitcase in this sculpture.
The rabbit with the checkered ears:
Next to Buda Castle hill funicular‘s upper stop, a small sculpture depicts a famous Hungarian cartoon character: the rabbit with the checkered ears. Rabbit seems to be really busy, watching Széchenyi Chain Bridge with a telescope. This art was also made by the Transcarpathian sculptor, Mihajlo Kolodko.
The shoes on the bank of the Danube are a famous work by Gyula Pauer, a Hungarian sculptor from 2005. This monument was named the world’s second best public memorial. It is arguably the most tragical monument which symbolises events at the time of the Second World War when Hungarian Jews were ordered to take their shoes off before they were shot dead into the River Danube. A sign commemorates them in Hungarian, Hebrew and English languages.
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