Friday, July 11, 2008

Foot notes (bad pun)

We are home and naturally quite jet lagged, after an almost 24 hour trip from door to door, but everyone is essentially fine.

I will be posting more photos within the next few days, but wanted to answer a question I've received from several friends reading the blog. The public art piece in Budapest of the shoes along the Danube is a memorial piece. Here is some information I found on the web: The Shoes on the Danube Promenade was created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay. It is a memorial to the people who fell victim to the Arrow Cross Militiamen (collaborators with the Nazis) in Budapest and depicts the shoes that the victims left behind after being shot and thrown into the icy winter waters.

Interestingly, the shoes were cast in iron, not in bronze (as I had assumed). The artists wanted the shoes to be cast in the less valuable metal to prevent theft. Ironically (another very bad pun) some people still felt compelled to tamper with the art work, and during a recent drought some of the iron shoes were discovered to have been thrown into the river.

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