Steve Jobs was one of the most influential people of our time. He was an American businessman and inventor widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution. As a tribute to the daddy of iPhone GRAPHISOFT, a company which is a part of the Munich based Nemetschek Group has commissioned and erected a bronze statue of the late Apple
founder Steve Jobs in Budapest. The company claims it has the world’s first Steve Jobs statue in front of its Budapest headquarters, crafted in bronze by Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth.
At first glance, the statue might seem a bit odd to be placed in the front of Budapest headquarters but after reading the official statement of Graphisoft their intention becomes more clear. Graphisoft’s spokesman says:
“The relationship between GRAPHISOFT and Apple can be traced to the 1980’s, when Jobs came across the first version of GRAPHISOFT’s ArchiCAD software at the 1984 CeBIT in Germany. His first impressions of the software led him to throw Apple’s support behind the development and distribution of ArchiCAD. Apple’s support included cash and computers at a time when GRAPHISOFT was a small company with limited resources, working within the economic and political confines of what was, at the time, communist Hungary” Gabor Bojar said.
“Apple also introduced GRAPHISOFT to its worldwide distribution network, which remains a cornerstone of the business today. With its attention to excellence in every detail, Graphisoft Park’s environment embodies the spirit of Steve Jobs, I can’t think of a better place to commemorate the man and his legacy,” said Viktor Varkonyi, CEO of GRAPHISOFT.
The statue is designed to capture Jobs’ presentation style, and indeed it does look very much like Jobs typically did when giving one of his many famous keynote speeches.
Chairman Gabor Bojar was really grateful to Steve Jobs for helping his company with cash and computers which eventually helped Graphisoft to emerge as a global leader in architectural software from a tiny firm in the 1980s.
If you ever happen to visit Budapest do spare some time to have a look at this remarkable statue. You will not only notice an astonishing work of art but also the legend and his legacy.