I simply love walking through the squares
of European cities. Architectures, sculptures, fountain, cafes, people, discussions, demonstrations, open shows, street performances etc, are often part of such squares. A vibrant atmosphere which can instantly energize any soul. Painters, musicians, dancers, stunt men add an extra charm to such esplanades. One can feel the beating heart of the city while taking a stroll on European squares. They are always buzzing and brimming with life.
Heroes' square along with Millennium monument
in the Hungarian capital is a part of the urban architectural ensemble of Andrassy Avenue,
which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It was built to commemorate 1000th year of the Hungarian state. It is one of the most photographed and most visited places in Budapest.
The millennium monument consists of a semi-circular colonnade, a set of statues, sculptures and a tall column in the middle of the square.
I believe there are hundreds of ways and forms to express any concept. It is a creative challenge. I have always been passionate about such expressions. When it comes to symbolic sculptures, I love to note the way the symbol has been expressed through the sculpture.
The top of the tall column in Heroes' square holds the statue of Archangel Gabriel holding the holy crown of St.Stephen, the first king of Hungary, in the right hand and the double cross of Christianity in the left hand which he gifted to the first king in recognition of his efforts to convert Hungary to Christianity.
In the name of religion, there were so many wars in the past and some are still going on today. To me the best possible message from all the messengers of any religion at present should be love and only love. No more crowns; No more kings;
In this square in Budapest, I came across four symbolic sculptures that represent War, Peace, Labor & Wealth and Knowledge & Glory.
On top of the left colonnade, one will find an equestrian statue representing war. A male figure driving a chariot using a snake as a whip.
When I clicked the photograph of this statue, incidentally a flying white dove was captured.
The most important war now is to stop war - the greatest causes of human suffering and death. I wish a world beyond war. Let the messenger of our war to stop war be this dove.
Another sculpture that is perched on top of the left colonnade, represents labor and wealth.
In today's perspective, to me let sweat represent labor and the greatest wealth be a smiling baby (irrespective of sex).
Peace is represented by a female figure in chariot holding a palm frond on top of the right colonnade.
There are many ambassadors of peace as I have seen in The Nobel Peace Center in Norway
. To me one of the most powerful expressions of peace is a quote by Mahatma Gandhi.
"The day power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace".
Another statue on the right colonnade represents knowledge and glory. In it a man is holding a little golden statue and a woman is holding a palm frond.
I often relate a tree with terms like knowledge and glory.
I believe, the more knowledge one acquires, the more humble one becomes just like a tree which bends with all its branches with time and presents us a glorious sight.
So, what are your expressions for war, peace, labor & wealth and knowledge & glory? I will be glad to know yours.
There are so many things to see and comprehend from not so well known places as well. It might take a few minutes from our lives, but getting lost in some unknown places (even through reading) is not that bad. Isn't it?