If you travel to the Szechenyi Square in Budapest, Hungary you will find a giant statue crawling right out of the ground. The incredible sculpture was created by artist Ervin Loranth Herve and is fittingly called “Feltepve,” which translates to “Ripped Up” or “Popped Up.”
The Art Market Budapest 2014 international contemporary art fair, held earlier this month in October, enlisted Herve’s monstrous and very unique sculpture as a highlight in the festivities.
The art fair itself doesn’t just show off incredible pieces of work but also incorporates artist interviews, presentations, round table discussion, book launches and more! If you weren’t lucky enough to attend this year, at least you can enjoy the photos of the most ‘giant’ artwork of all!
The Art Market highlights Central and Eastern European art from artists of all walks of life. The fair has become a tradition since 2011, and holds one of the most enthralling exhibition halls found in all of Europe.
The new art fair tradition serves as a place for new and legendary artists to show off their work. So far, the festival has shown immense popularity with over 20,000 attendees from over 20 different countries around the world.
One of the artists featured this year is Herve Loranthervin, a man with many wondrous projects under his belt. From bikeart to sculptures to graphics and media, Herve does it all. He was supposed to complete the “Popped up” statue in only 2-days, but since the ground was uneven and a number of other external circumstances arose, the project took a little longer than expected.
Originally the square the Buadapest art fair is held in was named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt for his leadership and bravery throughout World War II, as he helped end Nazi occupation in both Budapest and Hungary. In 2011, the Roosevelt Square became officially known as the Szechenyi Sqaure in honor of Count Istvan Szechenyi.
Mr. Szechenyi donated an entire year of his salary to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences located on the edge of the square. One of the highlights of the Square is the view of the Chain Bridge, which Szechenyi also funded. If you look towards the center of the square you will find a statue of Szechenyi as well.
It’s not just the statue crawling out of the ground that makes this location so special, it has long been a destination for photographers due to the numerous other amazing sights. Such as the views from the Four Seasons Hotel, which occupies the neoclassical Gresham Palace located just behind the statue erupting from the lawn.
The lobby belonging to the Four Seasons Hotel is a marvel to witness all on its own with gorgeous stained glass, luxury furnishings, and mosaics galore. Peek through the windows or venture outside to witness the incredible gardens.
Located at the Gresham Palace, the Four Seasons building represents Art Nouveau architecture at its finest. Originally the building was not a palace, as often assumed, it was actually built back in 1906 as an office building for the Gresham company, senior executives were also given apartments inside. Since then, the massive building has seen a whole lot of history and changes. During World War II the building was used by the Red Army as barracks.
Shortly thereafter the palace was left abandoned until 1990 when the national government granted the building to the city of Budapest. It wasn’t until 1999 that the Four Seasons Hotel made their name here, and only after ensuring locals and historians they would keep the original architecture on the building.
The bridge that connects the square to Budapest is the first built out of a total of 8 connecting bridges. Day or night you can visit this location, enjoying all of this history, charm, and beauty that perfumes it. Just watch out for those giants!