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Mini-Putin Sculpture in Budapest: Hungarian Guerrilla Sculptor Kolodko Responds to Ukraine War

Hungary Today 2022.03.16.

The tiny mini-sculptures of the guerrilla sculptor from Transcarpathia who has been living in Budapest since 2016, have long been appearing here and there in Budapest. Now, Mihály Kolodko has created a guerrilla sculpture in response to the situation in Ukraine, 444 reports. The artist put up his latest work in the Hungarian capital from Sunday until Monday morning.

His latest sculpture stands on the Moscow (Moszkva) Promenade in Budapest, and unlike his previous mini-sculptures, this statue is actually rather big. He carved a large base for it: a giant stone middle finger with a signet ring showing the Ukrainian coat of arms on it. On this can be found the actual mini sculpture which represents Putin on a warship.

Kolodko posted a video on his YouTube channel depicting his latest work. The video confirms that his new mini-sculpture illustrates the Russian warship which approached Snake Island on the first day of the Russian-Ukrainian war demanding Ukrainian border guards to surrender. Instead of surrendering, the soldiers retaliated the aggression and told the warship to “f**k off,”

Photo via Kolodko Art/Facebook

Since his work is seen by children, Kolodko did not carve a clearly demonstrative middle finger, but a stylized, generic finger, the artist told 444.

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Guerilla-sculptor Mihály Kolodko placed his first miniature bronze statue depicting Főkukac (Boss Worm) from the iconic 1980s Hungarian cartoon, A nagy ho-ho-ho-horgász (The Great Angler), in the Hungarian capital in 2016. Since then, both adults and children have searched high and low for the miniature figures scattered all across Budapest. Hungary Today spoke to the sculptor about his […]Continue reading

As a Hungarian from Transcarpathia, the artist has a personal connection to the war, and his parents and several relatives still live in Ukraine.

His works can be seen, in addition to Budapest, in Ushhorod (Ungvár), Munich, Fiume, Princeton, and also in the Swedish capital.

Featured photo via Kolodko Art/Facebook

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