Memento Park, Budapest.

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Memento Park, Budapest.

Postby Dave_Holden » Fri May 04, 2018 12:57 pm

Visited the statue park today here in Budapest. When the communist government collapsed here in Hungary, instead of destroying all the statues, they moved them to a park just outside of the city and now make money from them :thumbsup:

A little history below followed by the photos:

Memento Park (Hungarian: Szoborpark) is an open-air museum in Budapest, Hungary, dedicated to monumental statues and sculpted plaques from Hungary's Communist period (1949–1989). There are statues of Lenin, Marx, and Engels, as well as several Hungarian Communist leaders. The park was designed by Hungarian architect Ákos Eleőd, who won the competition announced by the Budapest General Assembly (Fővárosi Közgyűlés) in 1991.

A quote by the architect on the project: "This park is about dictatorship. And at the same time, because it can be talked about, described, built, this park is about democracy. After all, only democracy is able to give the opportunity to let us think freely about dictatorship.

Memento Park is divided into two sections: Statue Park, officially named “A Sentence About Tyranny” Park after a poem of the same name by Gyula Ilyés, and laid out as 6 oval sections; and Witness Square (also called "Never was Square"), which lies east of the main park entrance and is visible without payment. Statue Park houses 42 of the statues/monuments that were removed from Budapest after the fall of communism. Witness Square holds a replica of Stalin's Boots which became a symbol of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 after the statue of Stalin was pulled down from its pedestal in 1956, and is flanked by two single storey timber structures housing the internal exhibition space, their design being evocative of simple internment camp buildings.
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Re: Memento Park, Budapest.

Postby The Devils Bank » Fri May 04, 2018 3:57 pm

Those statues are like some off "Jason and the Argonauts", they're massive :grin:

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Re: Memento Park, Budapest.

Postby Dave_Holden » Fri May 04, 2018 5:11 pm

Yes massive Pete, but when you get close the quality is poor - typical communist era, but still impressive to look at :thumbsup:

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Re: Memento Park, Budapest.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sat May 05, 2018 1:42 am

Very patriotic poses of important moments in communist history. Thanks for the opportunity to see them Dave. Regards Mark

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