World’s first Steve Jobs bronze statue was unveiled Wednesday in a tech park in Budapest, Hungary, just two and a half months after the Apple visionary’s death. This life-size bronze statue of the Apple Inc co-founder shows him in traditional jeans and a turtleneck addressing an invisible crowd; but the statue looks creepy and ugly rather than ‘Steve-alike’!
The statue was erected in a science park that hosts several IT companies, including Graphisoft, which Apple has supported since 1984 when Jobs saw it at the annual CEBIT expo in Hannover, Germany, according to the Hungarian company.
The statue was commissioned by Gabor Bojar, the founder and chairman of Hungarian software development house Graphisoft.
Bojar was quoted as saying, “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.“
Graphisoft, founded behind the Iron Curtain in 1982, claims it is the world’s first bronze statue of Jobs, calling him one of the greatest personalities of the modern age.
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The almost two-metre-high (6.5-foot) bronze statue by Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth depicts Jobs with his trademark turtleneck jumper, jeans, sneakers and round glasses.
Steve Jobs is compared to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in the pantheon of American business innovators. In February, he will also be listed with the Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gil Scott-Heron, George Jones and Diana Ross.
Jobs died on October 5 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. “In some ways, Apple was a religion,” Bojar said at the unveiling ceremony, comparing the experts from Cupertino-based Apple who helped educate Graphisoft’s engineers to evangelists.
“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.
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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 quite understand the meaning of the kind of grotesque hand/claw, but it sure does give the statue a sort of creepiness.