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Architectural Digest Names Budapest Public Sculpture as One of the World’s Best

By Tom Szigeti // 2017.01.12.

In a recent article entitled “13 of the Most Fascinating Public Sculptures,” Architectural Digest featured Budapest sculpture The Shoes on the Danube Bank in its number two spot.

Introducing their list, the magazine wrote that “Commissioned public artwork has been part of our culture for many millennia. Over time, as world travel has become easier and safer, commissioned civil works of art have turned into tourist attractions all their own.”

The Hungarian piece featured in the article is located on the Pest side of the city on the banks of the Danube, a stone’s throw away from the Hungarian Parliament. The work consists of sixty pairs of shoes made of iron. Created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay, the sculpture was “designed as a remembrance for the hundreds of Hungarian Jews who had to leave their shoes on the bank of the river before they were shot during the Holocaust in Hungary.”

The sculpture serves as a memorial; the plaque in front of the shoes explains that the work is dedicated “to the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944-45.”

You can view Architectural Digest’s entire list here.

Via Architectural Digest

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