Steve Jobs statue unveiled in Budapest office park
The first Steve Jobs statue was unveiled Wednesday in a tech park in Budapest, just two and a half months after the Apple visionary's death.
The bronze statue is 6 1/2 feet tall. It was commissioned in mid-October, just days after Jobs died, by Gabor Bojar, the founder of Graphisoft, a Hungarian software company that develops software for architects.
The news went out over the PR Newswire and is also displayed prominently on Graphisoft Park's website, but we're choosing to believe that the unveiling of the statue is not solely a publicity stunt for the software company.
It turns out that Graphisoft and Jobs had a long history that began in 1984 when Jobs came across some of Graphisoft's software and was impressed enough to help the company out.
"Apple's support included cash and computers at a time when Graphisoft was a small company with limited resources, working within the economic and political confines of what was, at the time, communist Hungary," Bajor said in a statement. "Apple also introduced Graphisoft to its worldwide distribution network, which we rely upon to this day."
The statue was crafted by Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth. He depicted Steve Jobs in his trademark attire: jeans, turtleneck and little round glasses.
We'll admit that we don't fully understand the meaning of the kind of grotesque hand/claw, but it does give the statue a sort of Rodin-esque gravitas.
-- Deborah Netburn
Photo: Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth with his statue of the late Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, at Graphisoft Park in Budapest. Credit: AFP / Getty Images.