Since the novel coronavirus appeared in Hungary, our daily lives have been affected by the disease. People are staying home in quarantine, many work from home, many have lost their jobs. Since the introduction of the curfew restrictions, people only leave the house when they go to work or to run essential errands, and wear face masks and gloves when they do. Many statues of Budapest and around the country also reflect the change in citizens’ lives and were decorated with face masks to draw attention to the growing importance of precautions and the global shortage of protective equipment due to the coronavirus crisis.
It is not unusual for people to regularly dress Mihály Kolodko’s lovely, hidden miniature statues for the cold weather. However, this time both Mekk mester (Master Mekk), the main character of a popular Hungarian puppet-show from the 1970s, Főkukac (Boss Worm) from the iconic 1980s Hungarian cartoon, A nagy ho-ho-ho-horgász (The Great Angler) received tiny face masks so that they are not left without protective equipment either.
But not just the guerrilla sculptures follow people in the wearing of face masks. The statue of Ferenc Juhász, two-time Kossuth Prize and Attila József Prize-winning poet, was also decorated with protective equipment in front of the Juhász Ferenc Cultural Center in Biatorbágy, just like Árpád Somogyi’s statue, the Sheperd in the Hortobágy or the Kiskirálylány (Little Princess) in Budapest’s Danube promenade. What is more, a worried citizen of Békéscsaba even decorated a group statue of a mallard family with masks.
featured photo: Tamás Vasvári/MTI