Steve Jobs statue unveiled in Hungary science park
A picture taken on December 21, 2011 shows a statue of the late co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, at the Graphisoft Park in the third district of Budapest, after the inaugurating ceremony organized by a Hungarian Graphisopt SE for the Apple’s legendary founder. 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. It 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. (Getty Images)
December 22nd, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Steve Jobs statue unveiled in Hungary science park

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A statue of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, complete with trademark turtleneck jumper, jeans and sneakers, has been unveiled in a science park in Budapest, Hungary, two months after his death.

A Hungarian software company commissioned the nearly 7-foot-tall bronze statue "in recognition of his leadership and vision, and appreciation for Jobs’ support of the fledgling firm while Hungary was still under communist rule," according to The Associated Press.

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, according to Reuters.

Its founder Gabor Bojar first met Jobs in 1984 at the CEBIT international trade fair in Germany where the company was presenting the first version of its ArchiCAD three-dimensional design software on Apple’s Lisa computer.

The AP quoted Akos Pfemeter, Graphisoft’s director of global marketing, as saying:

“Steve Jobs was very much convinced about the technology and he offered financial and also marketing support for the company. We received some financial support and Steve Jobs helped us distribute our products in the Apple distribution network.”

Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth depict Jobs making one of his legendary product presentations - one arm outstretched, the other holding what appears to be an iPhone - the AP wrote.

“Jobs said that the hand is very important in a presentation and the hand is the intermediary energy between man and computer,” Toth was quoted as saying while finishing the statue at the Leonardo Gold foundry in southern Budapest. “I liked his personality, and at the same time his temperament and movements were inspiring."

NewsCore quotes Bojar as saying at the statue's unveiling: "Steve Jobs made technology available to the masses first over the desktop, then in our pockets."

Jobs died on Oct. 5 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    Beautiful statue, a nice piece of art! The world can't have enough of people like Steve Jobs.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Sostratos

      It most certainly can. Steve Jobs may have been great at turning a profit, but he failed miserably at being a decent human being.

      December 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  2. Wobbles

    You've got to be freaking kidding me. Of all the people in the world who've done great things for humanity this snake oil salesman gets a statue? Makes you wonder just how much lead is in the drinking water in Budapest.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  3. larry

    Give me a f'ing break. The world does not need statues of marketing gurus.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  4. Kevin

    What an utter waste of money.

    It's nice to honor someone for their work, but this is just a waste. Many others have done much more beneficial work for the world, and are more deserving of a statue than Jobs–who only furthered the superficiality of the world.

    December 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  5. firoz

    surinam's most prominent painter and sculpture,mr.jules devries has plans for a steve jobs statue.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  6. firoz

    i am mistaken,it is .mr erwin de vries

    December 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  7. Aneh

    This is bad. They (the Apple fans) are actually worshipping him like a little "god". This is idol worship, a real no no that will upset the Almighty.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  8. Maximus

    NewsCore quotes Bojar as saying at the statue's unveiling: "Steve Jobs made technology available to the masses first over the desktop, then in our pockets."

    Microsoft did far more for the start of the desktop revolution then Apple did. Everyone was using Windows back in the 90`s and most still use it today. The developments at CERN of the WWW (html) system and it`s first ever web browser let to the actual internet revolution. Internet was almost completely unknown before then and completely in practical for citizens. Mp3 music also was already massively popular before the ipod came along. And finally the mobile phone. Most people in the developed world already had their mobile phones and even many smart phones long before the iphone. And even today companies like Samsung are outselling Iphones with their smart phones. Steve Jobs was a great guy but Lets stop over hyping and telling lies. This Hungarian guy is obviously looking for business attention.

    December 22, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  9. Philip Ryan

    Nice gesture, but that statue is a terrible likeness of Jobs.

    December 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply

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