This abstract monument was constructed on the same spot where demonstrators pulled down a statue of Stalin during the October 1956 revolt against the Stalinist government of Hungary. It was built to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1956 revolution.
The rectangular shaped pillars begin at head height and grow slowly, forming an arrow shape that becomes taller as it reaches the steel arrowhead shape at the front of the monument.
Some interpretations of the monuments shape state that the pillars represent the people who were involved in the uprising and their growth of strength. The single brown pillars that begin at man-size slowly begin to come closer together, symbolizing the people’s belief that if they come together they will be stronger. As the pillars migrate closer together they change to steel and finally at the tip of the monument, the steel pillars are together to form a strong steel blade that is capable of cutting through and breaking the barriers these people were faced with.
Initially there was some controversy over the design of the monument from some of the people who were involved in the revolt.
The monument provokes feelings from within visitors so that they can relate to the struggles and triumphs of the people involved in the 1956 revolt. The monument has become a symbol of a strong community within this area of Budapest.
I spent quite a bit of time here taking photographs and trying to wrap my head around the design. It is fascinating walking through the pillars as the space becomes more claustrophobic the closer you get to the steel.
I like the design of the monument and I also think the concept of the blade is very creative, it is located in City Park and therefore it is free to visit.
How to get there:
Take the metro line M1 to Heroes Square metro stop or Széchenyi Fürdő metro stop and the park is a two-minute walk from this location. The monument is very close to Heroes Square.
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