Just two-and-a-half months after Steve Jobs, the visionary founder of Apple, passed away at 56 years of age, the first Steve Jobs statue was erected.
According to the Huffington Post, a six-and-a-half foot bronze of the Silicon Valley superstar, the statue was created by Erno Toth on the commission of Gabor Bojar, the founder of Graphisoft, a software company that makes software for architects. The statue stands in Graphisoft's Budapest campus, an impressive depiction of Jobs replete with his trademark turtleneck and glasses.
While at first, it may seem odd that a Hungarian software company asked for a Steve Jobs statue to be created, it turns out that Graphisoft and Apple have a long history together. In 1984, Jobs, then in the early stages of Apple, came across Graphisoft's software and was suitably impressed. He decided to help the company out, supplying it with funding and computers.
In addition to funding, Apple "also introduced Graphisoft to its worldwide distribution network, which we rely upon to this day," says an LA Times article.
As it is with many people, Bojar has nothing but deference for Jobs: "We have felt his spirit every day and now it is embodied. We hope that we can deserve with our entrepreneurial culture in Hungary what this sculpture expresses as a message."